Presented by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
You never forget the first time you call him police on your own child. Or the fifth time. Or the tenth.
Ellen’s son Justin was not yet old enough to vote when she picked up the phone to dial 911 for the first time.
“It’s a little hard to tell if it’s the hormones that triggered the depression or the depression for our son,” Ellen said. (Her name and her son’s have been changed to protect their privacy.) “Which hen was and which egg was, we’re not sure.”
As a teenager, Justin began to withdraw into himself and the Internet. One evening at a party, he was offered the street drug “Spice”, a synthetic version of the active compound in cannabis. He was still under the influence when he went to school the next day.
The school called his parents – and the police. Justin ended up being suspended for the rest …
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