Cheryl Mignone, author

Cheryl Mignone considers herself a regular woman, a mom, and a wife, who has had the unfortunate situation of helping her son and family through the use of out of home mental health placement. She has the innate talent to both emotionally and intellectually connect with parents on the hard subject of what to do when “all else fails”.  The struggle for teens today is real; depression, anxiety, and addiction are only a few.  Mental health issues are not owned by just the teen, it is a family issue that requires work on both sides.

The last two years have had Cheryl fully entrenched in out of home placement world of Therapeutic Wilderness and Residential Treatment, due to first hand experience.   The significance of this event was so profound it resulted a cross country relocation from New Jersey to Utah, and an even more profound career change to give up the corporate world to focus on parent coaching and helping parents down a path that she had to figure out without much support. She vowed she would “pay it forward” by supporting the parents who walk behind her in this journey by ensuring they know that:

  • Parents are not alone, and “it” isn’t just happening to their family, it is happening in a lot of families.
  • Both “good” and “bad” parents will have troubled teens as likely as both “good” and “bad” parents have teens without troubles.
  • Help erase the shame and fear in seeking out help for mental health issues. 

What People are saying about “Letters”

Just incredible. I am overwhelmed with your strength and courage to have made all these almost impossible decisions. You were certainly challenged but guided and supported by your apparent deep love you truly had for your son. This is going to be one of the most helpful books for all parents and is going to be ON THE NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST!!!

Larraine A.

So… I think that being your authentic self IS being vulnerable and courageous. As Brene says, the 2 go together! That might make some people feel uncomfortable but that will be for them to deal with the discomfort, not you! So no apologies needed! And as for people crying in your presence, it also shows that we (as people in general) are not always in touch with our deepest feelings and once someone points them out, it’s as if it revealed a dark place, that we were scared to to go to for fear of being alone in it. I guess what I’m saying is that it is helpful to hear (or read) words that feel authentic, honest and heartfelt. Now we know we’re in good company! It’s comforting. THANKS


Love! You couldn’t possibly be a therapy failure and acknowledge and own the places you go when your kids hit a nerve. We are still human and still have buttons that are pushed, the therapy helps us see what the buttons are and over LOTS of time the buttons will hopefully, for all of us, get smaller. That being said, teenagers have a special way of lighting up those buttons! Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly!

Lisa M.