This piece was submitted to our 100K STORIES PROJECT by Alana K. Haase. Alana has been a nurse for 27 years and a Mom for 18, you can visit her online at ALANAKHAASE.COM Julie Sykes is disabled and wheelchair bound. She is also a single mother. It was not… Read More
If your child is experiencing depression, anxiety, or mental health issues:
- Open the lines of communication with your child about what they’re experiencing, ask ‘How can I help?’
- Take your child to see their doctor to find out if there are medical issues that need to be addressed.
- Take your child to speak with a trained counselor.
- Do your homework to empower you as you advocate for your child.
- Work with the staff and teachers at your child’s school to help create a supportive environment.
These are the facts...
Among Colorado’s high school-aged children, 24% reported feeling so sad or hopeless nearly every day for two weeks or more that they stopped engaging in their usual activities. 14.5% admitted to seriously considering suicide in the past year, 12% made a plan for suicide and nearly 7% attempted suicide at least once. Of those, 2% reported that their suicide attempt resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that needed medical attention. The most common mental health issues Colorado’s younger children (ages 4-14 years old) suffer from are: anxiety (7%) and ADD / ADHD (6.4%). behavioral or conduct “problems” (3.2%), and depression (nearly 3%). Depression and mental illness are just as serious in children and youth as in adults, and are often misunderstood simply because children don’t yet have the communication skills to articulate what they are going through.
The cases are too numerous to cite. Custody awards to abusive fathers. Good mothers who sought court protection for their children from their abusive parent where the preponderance of evidence was clear from confirmed hospital reports of injuries suffered from beatings and molestations only for the mothers to… Read More
This guest post was authored and provided to Moms Fight Back by Maralee McLean. In her book, Prosecuted but Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children, Maralee McLean shares her own legal journey to protect her daughter from her ex-husband and his alleged sexual abuse. She faced barriers at… Read More
This piece was submitted to our 100K STORIES PROJECT by an anonymous protective mom. I divorced my ex, also the father of my three children, in 2011. He was very abusive to the children and me. He has been arrested several times for domestic assault and for violating… Read More
This post was submitted to our 100K Stories Project by Patricia Mitchell, founder of Patricia’s Children, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering children and parents who have become unjustly separated. A Regretful Visit Patricia had just discovered that the father of her unborn child (‘Sonny’ aka Brian, aka… Read More