Mental health issues do not discriminate. Research shows that while a supportive family can be a protective factor for children, it can''t override genetic predisposition or just, for lack of a better phrase, bad luck in terms of being one of the thousands of people diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or any other number of disorders. What often goes unnoticed is the pain and stress involved in living with a family member with a mental illness, and when that family member is your child, it''s almost impossible not to feel guilty or responsible somehow.
If you have a child who was recently diagnosed with a mental illness, or even if the diagnosis wasn''t recent, but you still feel you need support, please join us. You''re not alone.
In addition to providing the support a group can offer its members, we will also go over skills for stress management, communication, and advocacy including what parents need to know about requests for accommodations for K-12 through college.