In The Skanner, Cascadia Board Member Felesia Otis shares her story of a son’s life touched by mental illness.

Felesia Otis says it’s hard to pinpoint the moment when her son Keaton became mentally ill. As a Benson High School student he had lots of friends and loved life.

Keaton was artistic, interested in photography, graphic design and poetry. After leaving school, he designed and produced tee-shirts and jackets. He also lived with cousins in Canada for a couple of years.

Eventually, he planned to go college and get a degree. But gradually, in his early 20s he slipped into psychosis.

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