Emerging from the Dark: Bob Larsted reflects on his daughter’s troubled times.

I am doing two things this year to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The first is signing up for the Massachusetts NAMI Walk, which is taking place on May 18 on the Boston Common. I’m looking forward to taking the train from my home in Worcester. Donations are always appreciated: https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted

The second is to make this video available here. I’ve never done this before. We’ll see how it goes. Typically, you need to show up to experience one of my talks.

Here Goes:

Prepare to experience a rollercoaster of emotions as Bob Larsted fearlessly shares his journey of navigating his daughter’s tumultuous adolescence. In this powerful and candid video, Bob delves into the raw realities of parenting a suicidal teenager, confronting the challenges posed by medical professionals and educational institutions along the way. Laugh, cry, and feel the surge of anger alongside Bob as he sheds light on the resilience and unwavering love that guided his family through the darkest of times. Experience this poignant narrative of hope, resilience, and the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter.


Talk in Groton, Massachusetts

Patricia and I will be speaking at the First Parish Church of Groton as part of the Mental Health Working Group of the First Parish Church of Groton’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Join us.

First Parish Church of Groton
Junction of Routes 40 and 119 · Groton, MA 01450

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:00 pm

A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by the Mental Health Working Group of the First Parish Church of Groton


PPAL 25th Anniversary Talk in Bellingham

Patricia and I will be speaking at the Bellingham Public Library as part of the Parent Professional Advocacy League’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Join us.

Bellingham Public Library
Community Room · 100 Blackstone Street · Bellingham, MA 01013

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 pm

A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by PPAL · Boston and Worcester, MA



Bob and Patricia
Patricia and I are going to Boston to talk with NAMI GB-CAN.

Center Club
31 Bowker Street · Boston, MA 02114

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Program will start promptly at 6:45 pm

For information: info@namigbcan.org
A free event open to the public.
Sponsored by NAMI GB-CAN · Boston, MA 02114


Kiva Wellness Center · June 16

Come See Bob and Patricia
A Frank Talk on Mental Health

Shining a light on mental health.

Join us in Worcester as Patricia and I talk about our experiences in the mental health system and its effects on us. This talk is the first of a planned series of public conversations on mental health issues from a first-hand point of view to take place at the Kiva Center of the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:00 pm

Kiva Wellness Center
209 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604

This is a free event open to the public.


PPAL Conference 2015

Friday, May 29, is the 2015 PPAL Conference in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Patricia and I will be presenting at a morning workshop. We hope to see you there.

This is a big deal for us. Two important milestones will be occurring. First is that continuing education credits are available for those attending the conference. Somehow this makes us all the more legitimate; maybe even more so than speaking with a class of Psychology majors at UMass Amherst in February. Second is that our talk is being translated into Spanish to make it accessible to more of the conference participants. This should be interesting. We are looking forward to a great day.