Tom Barthel was 16 when life first became interesting. By the time he was 23 he had every problem a young person could have and made every mistake a person could. Drugs, dealing, and crime were the least of his worries when he became sick with schizophrenia. After almost ending it all with suicide, Tom “surrendered.” Open to any help he could get, he came across alternative strategies that saved his life. These strategies, along with “special” involvement from his parents, lead to his success today. He now teaches these strategies and offers a step-by-step plan to parents, education professionals, and health care workers who have made the commitment to support others who are in need.