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What I want to do
Connect parents with other parents going through similar issues, connect youth with other youth with similar concerns and provide an information hub for people to share and get support from those walking the same walk. It is time to lift the cloak of all the hidden secrets of mental health for youth, make parents aware of what is available and give the power back to the parent and youth. There no longer needs to be the unknown, the questions of who can help, the feelings of complete and utter despair and isolation for families of our youth in New Zealand suffering with a Mental Health concern.
It is so essential in your journey to remember you are not the only family going through this, you are not alone and we want to work making you aware of others in similar situations.
To be supportive, to trust that you are not alone on this journey is one of the biggest struggles lots of families have. We fear speaking about our youths mental health, thinking that they will be judged for it.
By sharing stories, we stand united. Each and every one of us is a tool that can be shared amongst others. Sharing is a power, for without it we often head down the path blindly
Gosh, where do I start!! My husband and I have six children between us, of which four live at home with us. Some people call us a blended family or a stepfamily but in our eyes, we are just A family! In saying that there is nothing really typical about our family.
Three out of the four children who live with us have some form of mental health concern and the lucky other one has two severe learning disabilities. Just with that quick introduction most of you will already understand the fights we have fought and the stories we could tell. We have certainly been on our fair rollercoaster rides and still are to be honest...