THE SOURCE: STORIES

Amy and Thomas, parents

Amy and Thomas, parents

For my family we traveled through many emotions – sadness, fear, embarrassment, happiness and gratitude.

We were sad our child was experiencing something and we didn’t know what to do to help. Sad because he would always live with his diagnosis and have challenges many other kids wouldn’t have.

We were afraid for him and for us. We didn’t know how we were going to be able to cope with everything or even learn what he would need, and we were very afraid we would not be good parents.

After we went through those emotions, then came the embarrassment. We worried about the behaviors he was showing in public, what our friends and family thought, and we cried a lot.

I needed to stop expecting everything to be what I considered normal and I needed to stop expecting things to be perfect.

The Source | Stories of Hope | Amy and Thomas

But one day, his therapist told me I needed to stop expecting everything to be what I considered normal and I needed to stop expecting things to be perfect.

Our family started going to therapy together and we have found happiness and take things one day and one challenge at a time. We are grateful for the help and support that has been offered to us and the honesty.

We do not have to be a perfect family for the people around us and do not have to live up to anyone’s expectations. Realizing that through therapy has been the biggest help.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

CALL TO ACTION

If you or your child need help or have questions, check out our list of community resources and remember,
IT’S OK TO ASK!

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

CONTACT US

Thank you for messaging us

We do not monitor these messages 24/7, so if this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you need someone to talk to, text “Help” to 741741, or call 1-800-273-8255.