Families and Mental Illness

Hello Sparks and Thank You For Stopping By!

This was a huge topic to cover, and I hope we did a good job discussing one of it’s facets: how our relationships with family have been affected by our mental illness.

Folks in chat shared their experience with being accepted within their family, but many found that they were not. We learned about some parents who just weren’t sure what to do but loved their children unconditionally none-the-less. While others just gave the old “don’t be lazy” speech and called it a day.

The most important conclusion of all was that if your blood family does not accept you for who you are, you can go out and find your own people to become your true family.

More Updates:

  1. I was recently published on The Mighty and you can read that piece here

  2. Then learn more about TakeThis.org ‘s mission to understand what it means for me to have been named an ambassador.

  3. I have also joined the incredible Heart Support stream team. Learn more about HeartSupport.

Thank you for all of your unrelenting support and love all this time. Thank you for Being My Light. I hope I can continue to be yours for years to come.




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Lasherbrook, A. Treating Teens’ Depression May Be Great for Parents’ Mental Health, Too: Early evidence suggests that treatment has a ripple effect in families. The Atlantic. Aug 11, 2018.

Chatterjee, R. Treating Teen Depression Might Improve Mental Health Of Parents, Too. NPR. Aug 12, 2018.

Kennedy, R. Bad day or childhood depression? Signs every parent should know. The AJC. Aug 21, 2018

Anderson, K. I Thought I Had A Handle On Motherhood, Until the Darkness Of Depression Snuck Up On Me. Babble, A Disney Blog.