Mindy Greiling is a former Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented the former districts 54B and 54A in Ramsey County, a portion of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. District 54B comprised parts of Roseville and Little Canada, while District 54A comprised portions of Roseville, St. Anthony, and Lauderdale.
She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Greiling graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1970 and attained a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1975. She is married to Roger Greiling and has two children.
In his early twenties, Mindy Greiling’s son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder after experiencing delusions that demanded he kills his mother. At the time, and for more than a decade after, Greiling was a Minnesota state legislator who strived, along with her husband, to steer and expand the state’s inadequate mental health system. Fix What You Can is an illuminating and frank account of caring for a person with a mental illness, told by a parent and lawyer.
Greiling describes obstacles shared by many families, differing from the practical (medication compliance, housing, employment) to the heartbreaking, suicide attempts, victimization, and illicit drug usage. Greiling confronts the fact that some people with severe mental illness may be dangerous and remembers us that medication works if taken.
The book chronicles her undertakings to pass legislation to address difficulties in the mental health system, comprising challenges to parental access to information and insufficient funding for maintenance and research. It also reviews Greiling’s painful memories of her grandmother, who was restricted in an institution for twenty-three years, recollections that bolster her determination that Jim’s therapy is more humane. Written with her son’s cooperation, Fix What You Can offer a hard-won viewpoint, practical advice, and useful reserves through a brave and personal story that takes the long view of what achievement means when bearing with mental illness.
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