“Honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations” Review by Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP

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Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP
National Clinical Outreach Director
Elements Behavioral Health
shares “Honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations.”

 

As a clinical professional in the mental health field, I have had the great pleasure and honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations. She is a successful mental health professional, author, and lecturer who, through personal tragedy and challenges of her own, has become a remarkable role model and inspiration to others who have experienced similar situations. I have had contact with some of the attendees of her presentations who have shared how profoundly moved they were by her. Ms. Childs’ broad knowledge and passion for the subjects on which she presents is vast, and her beauty, grace, and humor contribute to an entertaining yet informative and powerful experience.

Best Regards,
Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP
National Clinical Outreach Director
Elements Behavioral Health

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Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “Compelling Story” Review by Kathy Kaether

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“Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide” Kathy Kaether

 

Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide. Joan’s passion for helping families to understand mental illness really shows. We learned that no matter what we do, the risk of losing a child with mental illness is an ever-present danger.

Kathy Kaether

 

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Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child

“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”

–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

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“Joan E. Childs offers support for bereaved parents”- Review by Anna Hollingsworth

Review Key Means Revaluate Or Reassess Joan E. Childs, LCSW was a recent guest speaker at our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a self-help support group for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings.  Joan, herself a bereaved parent, was warm, caring, compassionate and very well received by our group.  Joan openly shared the story of her daughter’s mental illness and eventual suicide as well as listening to all our stories.  An excellent speaker, Joan offered hope to bereaved parents in all stages of their grief as well as raising awareness about mental illness.

Anna Hollingsworth

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The Compassionate Friends:

Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child

“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”

–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

Find Support

When you suffer a loss, it’s important to understand the psychological, emotional and physical effects involved. The extremes that you’re dealing with are understandable and manageable, and there are steps you can take to begin working through the grief.

    • Locate a Chapter

      If you have suffered the death of a child or a friend, The Compassionate Friends is here to help you.To view the chapter lists, please insert a zip code.

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Keynote Inspirational Speaker – Review by Christine Williams

Review Key Means Revaluate Or ReassessAs a member of Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton, a bereaved parents support group, I was pleased to meet Joan Childs at our last meeting.

She spoke to our group about the tragic loss of her daughter and what she went through. She was very cordial and composed but I could feel her compassion for us, also, as bereaved parents.

Ms. Child’s was very professional in her answers regarding prolonged grief and treatment recommendations. She was very thorough in her explanations of the grief process and offered hope in spite of our deep feelings of loss and grief.

I am looking forward to reading her book, “Why did She Jump”.

I will also recommend her to other compassionate friends groups, as she was very helpful in validating many of my erratic emotions during my grieving process.

Christine Williams

Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “Enlightening talk” REVIEW By President, Edna Einhorn NAMI Broward, Inc

Review Key Means Revaluate Or ReassessI am writing thank you for your enlightening talk on Mental Health and the issues that caused the greatest tragedy in your life, the death by suicide of your daughter  Pam.   Our members and friends  learned about Pam and her struggle with Bi-Polar disorder and how suddenly your life was changed. We saw the emotion and still constant pain that you are living with even today. We also learned about the signs  of a potential suicide and steps to take to help to prevent it.

Thank you very much for teaching us about suicide and bi-polar disorder.  I recommend that everyone should hear this story or read the book, “Why did She Jump”, to learn more about

these very important topics.

 

Sincerely,

Edna Einhorn

President, NAMI Broward, Inc

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Written REVIEW letter by Edna Einhorn President, NAMI Broward, Inc

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Mental Illness defined by NAMI

Mental Illness defined by NAMI

Glowing review of Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder(from Netgalley)

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Joan’s daughter, Pam committed suicide. She, succumbed to her mental illness. One that had plagued her, nearly her entire life. Pam was bipolar and no amount of medical intervention could help her. The very system that should have saved her life, failed her time and time again.

Joan and her daughter, Pam were both trained psychotherapists and despite having in-depth knowledge of  her mental illness, neither of them could save her life.

Fuel by grief and guilt, Joan has written this book, to mend her broken heart. She gives an honesty and open account on what it’s like to live with someone who has a mental illness. She re accounts the days leading up to the death of her daughter and then the aftermath.

This is an emotional and heart wrenching read.

“The disease became her executioner. It had a life force of its, own controlling her will, her actions, and causing her death.” – Joan E. Childs, Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder.


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Reveiw / Testomonial – Stacy

Joan is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced therapist who works as a team with her client toward creating awareness and understanding of the client’s relationship with themselves and those around them. As a team, she warmly concentrated on me as a whole person seeing the process of therapy as a life-changing event. Focusing on seeking a meaningful life and setting purposeful goals helped to define a way of thinking that has given way to a whole new thought paradigm that allows for my growth, processing,  and problem solving skills to begin to be a part of my normal behavior.  All of this was done in an environment of positive regard, empathy and unconditional acceptance.

Best,
Stacy

Why Did She Jump – Book Review By Hedy Schleifer, MA, LMHC

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5.0 out of 5 stars What she finds at the core is the life-affirming love she has and will always have for her child, September 30, 2014
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This review is from: Why Did She Jump?: My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder (Paperback)
With piercing honesty, Joan Childs peels away the layers of anguish, despair and bereavement as she mourns the death by suicide of her daughter Pam. What she finds at the core is the life-affirming love she has and will always have for her child. Her book is a must for parents and professionals alike. It is a both a manifesto and a manual.

Why Did She Jump – Book Review By Leslie G Nelson

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very touching story, August 30, 2014
This book is a story of a young woman’s struggle with Bipolar Disorder, and her family’s efforts first to support her, and then their grief at losing her to suicide. Joan Child’s writing allows the reader to walk beside her as she works through the memories, pain, the what if and the what could I have done differently.Readers will learn more about Bipolar I Disorder, which thankfully, not every family has to deal with, but also about the grieving process, which we do all deal with. Despite being a heart-breaking story about illness, death and grief, Joan skillfully leaves you feeling more better and actually hopeful at the end.It’s a very touching story that will make you want to reach out more to others with mental illness.