Monday, March 10, 2014

Pacific NW | Eleanor Owen's tireless battle for mental-health care | Seattle Times Newspaper

You watch him go from artist to hermit, from scholar to stranger. He starts sleeping in the basement, in a box. You tell yourself it's an adolescent phase.
He walks the streets, barefoot and disheveled, a blanket around his shoulders and letters shaved into his head. Could it be drugs?
Then one day you find a noose he'd hung from a pipe.
Another day, he gets arrested after creating a disturbance at the train station, trying to get from Seattle to San Francisco on a movie-ticket stub.
Eleanor Owen was teaching and staging children's plays. Her husband, John, was an engineer. They were well-educated and comfortable and endlessly resourceful. Yet they felt helpless.
Their son's life, Eleanor says, "became more and more tragic."
Read the entire article here:  Pacific NW | Eleanor Owen's tireless battle for mental-health care | Seattle Times Newspaper

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