Preventing Teen Tragedy (and adults)
Assisting people with Epilepsy and mental illness
 

 
P.T.T. was formed to educate the community about epilepsy and mental illness after the public death of our son Samuel Miller. The name comes from his T-shirt company formed when he was 16. One year after his first 2 suicide attempts he was celebrating life. He was a strong advocate for depression awareness and suicide prevention. His business lasted about one year before his own depression crashed back around him. He remained an advocate, encouraging others in their treatment. He stayed in treatment. The emotional effort to carry on the business overwhelmed him, even when we offered to do the work. We believe it is our task to carry forward his work, using some of his 

artwork, to reach other people. We want to educate, advocate, and empower others to prevent tragedies like Sam's. Mental illness and epilepsy face so much ignorance, lack of appropriate treatment, and compassion. Where Sam's task ended, we will take up the work to reach people with support, education, information, and compassion. We are not a treatment agency. We will do our best to find information, however. 

 If you feel you are in CRISIS,
PLEASE Head to an EMERGENCY ROOM Or
call 211 in CONNECTICUT
or you can call the SUICIDE HOTLINE 24 hours a day
1-800-781-2433 or  800-273-8255

Sam suffered from epilepsy, depression, and schizophrenia. He was also a musician, an artist, and a prankster. He was a brother. His sister Anna lost her best friend when he began the journey of epilepsy. People stopped asking about her. They asked her, "how is your brother?" The diagnosis of epilepsy is a diagnosis on the entire family. She endured all of this for many years. The frustration of his medication caused moods. The fear of his seizures and post ictal days. She was so afraid during his hospital stays. Then he changed even more with the onset of his depression, and schizophrenia. Anna slowly lost the friend she had. Sam lost his friend, his dear sister. He did not always know how different he was. He knew he never felt like he fit in and that others shunned him and talked behind his back. (or even to his face). As a matter of fact, his face and head were hit with balls during "Game time" and he was taunted with " Come on Spaz boy, let's see you have a seizure!" these were kids who had known him since birth, his friends. Educating the kids did not seem to help. He was afraid of having his head hit because his first neurologist put down strict rules, "No tree climbing, no bike riding, no bathing alone, no swimming, no hitting his head!" Even when we explained we did all this as a family for fitness and my arthritis therapy, the doctor just blankly starred at us to state again, "NOT ANYMORE!" Bullying continued until we left that church. Even in college Sam faced instances of bullying. Even in college where free thinking and being unique are valued, Sam's mental illness was discriminated against. This is stigma.  

Make a difference, volunteer today!

Help us educate, empower, end stigma, and reduce suicides!

Call (860) 428-6781

PREVENTING TEEN TRAGEDY

PO Box #23

DAYVILLE, Ct. 06241


pttbysam@gmail.com

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