Op-Ed: My daughter fell off the mental health care cliff, and I have to jump after her

Alonzo Osche

Our mental health system has failed my daughter. Again. Actually, that’s not true. There is no system, no real help for her.

My 20-year-old daughter tried to kill herself three weeks ago. She took a lot of pills all at once and, afraid that wouldn’t do the trick, drove toward the American River to drown herself. Her boyfriend happened to drive past her car and waved her down. That serendipity is the only reason she’s alive today.

My family isn’t alone in being affected by the failures of a non-system. Of our rising mental health problems — suicides, homelessness —

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