The Washington Post (5/25, McCrummen) offers a gripping, 4,165-word report that details a mother’s attempts to help and guide her 19-year-old son through a complex form of schizophrenia. The report follows Naomi Haskell of Houston and her son Spencer through the rolling changes typical of his illness, including hallucinations, depression, and, once, a suicide attempt. The Post says, “This is what it is like to be the mother of a son with a severe mental illness – an hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute vigil. At a time of increasing public concern about the role mental illness might have played in mass shootings in places like Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., Naomi’s worry on a Tuesday in Texas is different. It’s about keeping her son well.”
— “A mother helps son in his struggle with schizophrenia, “Stephanie McCrummen, The Washington Post, May 25, 2013.