Our Families Say 1

Support from families in my support group has helped me know that I am not alone.  I have made new friends, learned that I am not alone in a crisis and for the first time, felt normal.  For the first time, I have hope for the future.

My son became depressed and overwhelmed by anxiety in the 8th grade.  We were deeply worried and feeling persistently disappointed with the lack of services available.  As you can imagine, my husband and I were devastated, scared and feeling hopelessly unable to help our son.  We watched him spiral downward, becoming more depressed and anxious than ever.

One thing that has really made  a difference is getting as much information as I can and learning what do when the system doesn’t work.  I realize now that I can cope with a lot of different issues and face another day even when all seems lot.  Today I am my son’s best advocate.

— Parent, Friday Night Support Group