PRESS RELEASE — Friday, May 2, 2014
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In conjunction with the observance of Mental Health Awareness Month in May and Mother's Day on May 11, host Marcia Franklin interviews Liza Long, the Boise author of the blog post, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.”
The encore presentation of DIALOGUE airs Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT.
During the show, which repeats Sunday, May 11, at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT, Long discusses her piece, in which she expressed her fears of her son “Michael,” who has a mental illness and has physically threatened her. The essay was a plea for help for him and for Long, who had struggled to get him services. Long wrote the piece hours after the mass shootings by 20-year-old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.
Originally titled “Thinking the Unthinkable,” Long’s post was picked up by The Blue Review, a journal published by the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at Boise State University, and renamed “I Am Adam Lanza's Mother,” a phrase Long used in her piece. The Huffington Post then re-published it.
Franklin and Long also discuss the current needs for children's mental health services in Idaho. Long sits on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Region 4 Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health.View or listen to DIALOGUE episodes in a variety of formats: