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J.S., parent

J.S., parent

I needed support from other parents to help me start to feel comfortable and capable.

At first, I avoided taking my daughter to restaurants and movies. I was afraid of what would happen and answering questions if something happened.

My daughter’s moods were unpredictable, and I felt it was best not to put other people in uncomfortable situations. But another mom of a child with challenges helped me find my own strength and courage.

She understood what I was going through and although she was a stranger I felt closer to her in ways I could not feel close to my sister.

The Source | Stories of Hope | J.S.

Her son was an adult now, so she had been through similar things I was going through and she was able to give me advice and just friendship. She understood what I was going through and although she was a stranger I felt closer to her in ways I could not feel close to my sister.

Seeing this older parent and adult son working together to have a happy successful life gave me hope.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

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