John Brooks

Until my daughter, Casey's, suicide, I had been a senior financial executive in the broadcast and media industry. Since then I've turned to writing, mental health activism, suicide prevention and volunteer work with teenagers in Marin County, California. I also maintain a blog,, to share my experience and educate other adoptive families about parenting and therapy techniques unique to children with attachment issues. I've appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, and my opinion pieces have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal and on NPR-affiliate, KQED-FM. Casey's story has also appeared in San Francisco Magazine. I have also been featured on various local and regional radio shows throughout the country.


Eight Years Later: My Five Stages Of Grief

The Swiss psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, wrote in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, about the various stages of grief that the bereaved know all too well. I’m sure many […]

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When an Adopted Daughter Takes her Own Life

We had a big fight with our 17-year-old daughter Casey that weekend in January, 2008 – yelling, crying, slamming doors, saying ugly things we didn’t really mean. A typical teenage […]

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