An inspired team – a writer and a videographer – met in 2008 while working on Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness and dreamt-up a way to help the children of mentally ill parents share their stories of trauma, chaos and perseverance. (Read more about the imperative need for The CROOKED HOUSE, in a piece by co-founder DC, in our most recent newsletter.)
Originally, we considered producing a documentary (and that is still a future goal). We realized, however, that website would be far more flexible, reach more people and provide greater opportunity for interaction and mutual support. So, we created The CROOKED HOUSE.org.
New additions, Alix and MK, bring the fire of fresh enthusiasm and the skills to support it. MK has a background in film, specifically working for Public Television. Alix studied psychology, cares for her ill mother and is our “admin” person. Both have a parent with Bipolar Disorder and are driven by the desire to change the course of life for the current and next generation of children of parental mental illness.
From the start, we knew we wanted to undertake this project to help other adult children of mentally ill parents AND those children currently in a home with an ill parent – diagnosed or not.
Mission & Vision
"The unavoidable message of this epidemiological and clinical research is that we are taking a huge and unnecessary risk if we skirt our responsibilities as mothers (and fathers) to handle our own depression, addiction, or other mental disorders. . . .Children acquire [their parent's] genes just as they internalize our everyday behaviors. "
Victoria Costello, A Lethal Inheritance