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Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning From Personal Experience

 

ID-10053472Do you have a personal story involving mental illness? What about a personal story of disappointment, discouragement, or changes you weren’t ready for? I’m sure we could all relate to that. But for many of us, it is difficult to imagine the life a family member has to live when their loved one is suffering from severe mental illness. 

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, October 6-12, 2013, I will be interviewing families nationally and internationally about their personal stories. You will meet:

  1. a sister from Scotland who feels medication is over-prescribed in some cases,
  2. a mother who lost her son to suicide from Canada,
  3. another mother who lost her son to suicide and advocates for greater awareness from Newfoundland Canada, and
  4. a young college senior who suffers from anxiety and sees ethnic cultures overlooked

 

While agreeing with every viewpoint may be difficult, these stories were produced so that we can learn more about  individual experiences and each perspective on living life with an ill loved one.

Caregivers, Family, & Friends is a site that I have come to love. I bring all of my experiences, insights, thoughts, and feelings to this site. Families share information with me and I reproduce it for you. Contributors are a very important part of this website because their experience is what motivates my content. Parents, families, and caregivers are often overlooked and it’s about time we change this.

 

I want to take a moment to thank the families for allowing me to interview them and for being brave enough to share their story. You are educating us and I thank you for that.

 

Look forward to a week (October 6-12) of great stories. I’m sure we will all learn from their personal viewpoint.

See you soon!

 

Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning From Personal Experience


Támara Hill, MS, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know.


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APA Reference
Hill, T. (2013). Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning From Personal Experience. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/caregivers/2013/10/mental-health-awareness-week-a-family-experience/

 

Last updated: 12 Oct 2013
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