My name is Debbie Tam. I am the mother of Emma, a 13 year old girl with bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from repeated sexual assaults at the age of 7. I have personally encountered obstacles while trying to obtain treatment for my 13 year old daughter who has expressed the desire to receive help.
Diligent and conscientious individuals seeking to thwart tragedy are thwarted by a bureaucracy which demands tragedy before service. Insurance companies will not treat the mentally ill equally to their physically ill counterparts and toss them back into the community where no true supports are offered.
I tell Emma there is hope.
So I share this story of Emma for all the children like Emma and all the adults who invisibly and bravely fight their battles against mental illness and substance abuse.
May they believe there is hope.