Hold on Tight
A Parent's Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness
Jan Stewart’s book is an intimate account of raising two children with mental illnesses. It describes, from a parent’s point of view, the rollercoaster journey from hope to terror, and back again, as the children go to school and grow up to be young adults with jobs. It has not been easy. Stewart, a corporate executive, tells how she and her husband struggled to raise the children, find the right professional help, schools, jobs, and housing. She talks frankly about the toll it has taken on her marriage, her family, and social life, and she offers invaluable advice, from the voice of deep experience, to parents of children with mental illnesses.
Sarah Barlow Scottsarah@barlowbooks.com
Children’s Mental Health Ontario: Featured speaker and panel facilitator during their annual (virtual) conference
Telus Health: Presenter at annual Employers Connect virtual conference; will pre-record
Tourette Association of America: Featured speaker at Youth Ambassador and Rising Leaders Program in Washington, D.C.,
- Speaker at small parental conference in Mississauga, March 9, 2023
- Keynote speaker at virtual community event, April 6, 2023,
- CIBC: 4-part interview video series (private), to be filmed April or May 2023
Kerry’s Place Autism Services: Keynote speaker at virtual community event.