When a child faces a physical health crisis, friends and family rally around to provide support. But when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, their families often find themselves struggling alone. Having raised a mentally ill daughter, author Andrea Berryman Childreth has personal experience with the shame and stigma these families face, hiding behind a mask of normalcy while feeling completely helpless and out of control at home. ON THE EDGE provides a realistic and practical guide to parenting a child with mental illness. Real life stories combine with an overview of common diagnoses, advice on navigating your health insurance or school system, and help with setting expectations at home to give practical steps to bring order to the chaos and hope to the future.