Mummy says… I wrote my first Mental Health Awareness post a whole year ago – I can’t believe it has been a year. It was to support Mental Health Awareness Week, and it is here again 14-20 May 2018. So how am I getting on?….
You can read about what happened to me last year in this post.
So, how are things now?
I am still on my medication and to be honest cannot imagine coming off them, they have made such a difference to me and my family. I was shocked when my doctor suggested I think about doing so last month.
My teens have been struggling. There has been a lot going on for us personally which I am just not ready to share here. Yet. They have had wonderful support from the GP, school / college and our local specialist CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) team. I urge anyone who is reading this post who has a child who is struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or mental health issues to contact the school and GP to start accessing a whole lot of support.
Teen daughter, following extensive tests has been finally diagnosed with Globus Pharyngeus which has brought her great relief and we can actually see her going to University in London in September now.
Teen son is almost done with his GCSE’s and has managed to attend every exam. After many meetings and close discussion with his school and the local authority, he was given certain allowances regarding attendance etc which removed massive pressure and worry for him and me. He has become happier, more positive and is quite excited about his future right now. He has been accepted for a Creative Media college course in September.
We have had a rough 18 months, but in keeping communication channels open between us, talking, and accessing the help and support that is out there – albeit with long waiting lists, as, like most things, they are heavily in demand, we are getting through this. We are getting stronger.
If you want to know more about Mental Health Awareness week, pop over to their website.
Do you or anyone in your family struggle?