Our Goal . . .
The CROOKED HOUSE offers a window of understanding into the experience of growing up with a parent with mental illness...all too familiar for some...while for others completely unknown. We collect and present personal accounts from individuals who may never before have shared these memories...
Everyone's experience is different. Some people may feel shame, isolation, fear, confusion, anger and intense grief. For others the experience was less intense.
But almost everyone has gained skills to cope with the challenges and our hearts have grown and are still growing in compassion and understanding, in wisdom and insight. We want to share the difficulties as well as the wisdom, insights and compassion with you….
Perhaps you have had similar experiences and are seeking ways to understand and come to terms with it and to heal....
Or perhaps you know nothing at all about this sort of experience but you have a friend, spouse, someone you work with or interact with professionally who has this difficulty in their background and you want to know more, to understand more of their life story....
The purpose of this website is to offer knowledge and understanding and support from and for those who have lived it…
The CROOKED HOUSE maintains a no-fault policy
Stories are an integral part of our lives. They help us understand what we have been through and how we want to act in the future. The CROOKED HOUSE makes space for the children of ill parents to have a voice, to be heard, understood and to take action.
We do not condone any statements which blame an ill person. This project seeks to build understanding and help develop the field of caring for the child when developing a treatment plan for an ill parent.
Current Project List:
Would you like to be interviewed and possibly share your story on theCROOKEDHOUSE.org? If so, please contact us and we'll get you started.
Are you a videographer who would be willing to donate your time to the project? We are a small
Through our own desire for information and growth, we've found a number of helpful resources. Including:
Through our Story Forum, Blog and Facebook page, we hope to serve as a "Resolana" - community gathering space - for the children of mentally ill parents.
We will start shooting the PSA written by RZ and DC this winter and hope to have it on radio and TV near you by fall 2014.
Do you live in Santa Fe, NM and want to cast your 10 - 14 year old son or daughter in this? Contact us for more information about the PSA script and when we will be filming.