Jewish Family Service Spotlight Event

March 19, 2019

An evening with Liza Long, author of The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness

Diane and Randy Orley, Chairs

It’s impossible for any parent to hear of another school shooting and not wonder: What if my child was in that school?

For Liza Long, hearing about the 2012 Newtown shooting that resulted in the deaths of 26 people prompted a different question: What if my son does that someday?

A single mother of four children, one of whom has bipolar disorder, Liza wrote about the challenges of raising a child with mental illness in her essay, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” She detailed her son’s sudden bursts of violence that often led her other children to seek safety in the family car. Very quickly, the essay went viral, leading to Liza’s appearance on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360 and many other outlets. In her memoir, she takes a penetrating look at how we address mental illness, especially in children, who are funneled through a system of education, mental health care and juvenile detention that far too often leads to prison.

Come join us for Liza’s compelling story about the stigma surrounding mental illness. Your support will help Jewish Family Service continue to provide comprehensive services to the community, including mental health counseling and suicide prevention training.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield

Admission $36
Two for $50
Students $10

For registration and sponsorship information, visit or call 248.592.2339.