By Kelly Burch


Date January 31, 2017




Many of Christine Walker's friends are just starting to help their teenage

children plan to leave home, whether for a job, college or a gap year. But

Walker's 16-year-old son Schuyler has already lived away from his family for

seven years, spending nearly half his life in residential treatment programs

and schools for children with severe mental illness.




"When Schuyler was 7, that was when I had tried absolutely everything -

every pill, every doctor, every diet, every therapy, everything - and we

were still at a point when home was unsafe," says Walker, who lives in

Winnetka, Ill. "I realized then that everything we had been trying to do

wasn't enough."