PLUM was born as an outlet for turning frustration, sadness and anger into positive action. Let's face it, we've all been there at one time or another. If you've ever experienced the shock of any of the following situations, you'll understand.

When friends ask about your kids, they never ask about the one who has mental illness — almost as if they didn't exist.


When people do talk to you about your loved one with mental illness, they often say insensitive things (God planned this for you, too bad they can't just snap out of it, it must be karma, why don't they live at home, don't you wish they could just be normal, when will they be better, etc.)


Your over-18-year-old, state-committed son or daughter who lives in a group home refuses a course of treatment, only to be whisked away to a state facility and locked up indefinitely.


You call the police for fear of your son or daughter injuring him or herself or someone else, and the riot squad shows up at your door.


Someone refers to people who don't have mental illness as "normal," and they call people who have mental disorders "crazy," "nuts," "wackos," or worse.


When your son or daughter who is state-committed turned 18, your parental rights were suddenly terminated, and you had no idea that was going to happen.