“What About the Kids?”
This last Wednesday, Brookhaven Hospital provided Pastors, Chaplains and clergy members with vital information on support systems for children whose parents have PTSD and other forms of mental illness. Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and a nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and mental illness on the family, presented. The seminar was a success. With seating at maximum capacity, it was obvious that the information was of great value to the ministers in attendance. Here is an excerpt of information presented at the seminar:
Serious mental illness affects 1 in 4 American families. Approximately 1 in 8 American families has a parent dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many more families struggle with other reactions to trauma. Over half of all people with a mental illness or PTSD have children.