Pediatric care for children and youth going through depression is in such a shortage in this country and everywhere it can make any parent feel like there wandering in a desert with no where to go.
I had no idea young children aged 9 and 10 could be depressed and that suicidal thoughts was even a possibility. No idea until I lived through it with my child. Suicide rates are increasing at an alarming rate in this country. With a shortage of pediatric physicians and mental health care centers. It can be a frightening journey
NAMI – is a great place to go as a parent. They offer free classes, support groups and information to help you and your family of the best resources in your area.
They have people that can help you in your town and area find the right professionals and help your child needs. The support group is so great and a great strength to hear other parents of all age ranges express there journeys and experiences.
One thing I had to accept was no matter how much I loved my child that these demons he had to face daily could not be wished away. We had to and still do make sure the right supports are in place. Find and locate a good mental health physician and Therpist. Checking in with each other and having open communication.
There really is no easy answers, there are no easy fixes. Medications can help but they also have to be monitored carefully because they can make things worse too. There a lot of Hope involved, Faith, and Enduring.
We have lost more then one friend to this illness/disease and it has taken me a long time to realize that it’s truly no ones fault. It doesn’t make sense and never will to me. It’s painful to see how hard it is to just live day to day.
This link below is to a video I found its beautiful and well done !
It’s about Choosing to Stay !! That is what we want for all these beautiful young people to thrive and Stay and find joy in living.