I’m a father struggling to keep my adult son alive in Louisiana’s broken mental health care system. He’s been hospitalized 38 times in 7 years. AMA
My name is Reggie Seay, and I’m a father caring for my adult son, Kevin, who has schizophrenia. He’s been hospitalized 38 times in the last seven years, and throughout that time we’ve dealt with mental hospitals, the court system, the healthcare system, and ballooning bills. My story was reported in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune as part of an investigation into how Louisiana’s fragmented and severely underfunded mental health network is burdening Louisiana families from every walk of life.
I made a promise long ago that I’ll be Kevin’s caregiver for as long as possible, and I’m an advocate on mental illness demanding better treatment for Louisiana families. Ask me anything.
Joining me is Katherine Sayre, the journalist who reported my story. Ask her anything, too! We’ll both be responding from u/NOLAnews, but Katherine will attach her name to her responses.
EDIT: Thanks for your questions, feedback and insight. Signing off!
EDIT: Reggie's story is part of a series on the Louisiana broken mental health care system called A Fragile State. If you're interested in this topic, you should read some other pieces in the series: - After mother's suicide, Katrina Brees fights for 'no-guns' self registry - In small town Louisiana, where help is scarce,stigma of mental illness can kill - Everyone saw the French Quarter attack. Few saw the mental health care failures behind it. - 'They are dumping them': Foster child sent to shelter on 18th birthday, now in prison