Recently I have been speaking to mum’s struggling with their child’s mental health, autism and the system.

It requires an enormous amount of resilience to parent their child who is experiencing mental health difficulties and diagnosed autistic.
Parents need to take care of their own emotional health too.
Sometimes our health and social health care system can let the most vulnerable people of society down.
You have to continue advocate for your child as tired and drained as you may be feeling and dont worry if you have to ruffle some feathers.
I know it can be really hard however, sometimes the only option is to keep pushing.
I remember reading a few years ago an article that mothers of adolescents and adults diagnosed with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue research finds. These mums also spend significantly more time caregiving than mums of those individuals without disabilities.
Bottom line is when your child is in crisis, dont knock on the door, kick it down and make them listen.
Take care, there’s no shame in asking for help and take it one day at a time…..
Anna Kennedy OBE 

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