Thursday 1 February 2018

Time to Talk with parents of additional needs kids about mental health

It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. 

Just having a conversation about mental health - with a friend, family member or anyone else - can help to break down the silence and shame around the subject.  Find out more about my mental health posts here for further information or visit the Time to Change website.


  1. I had a big ugly cry down the phone to my mum at the weekend as I was just overwhelmed with it all, and had the flu on top. It made a big difference, but I really wish this was a subject that was more known as so many have no idea how hard a toll it really takes on us as parents.

    1. Thanks Marylin. I think society creates a lot of pressure in addition to whatever we are carrying and that's not fair either. Feelings are completely normal and if there was less stigma about it all then people may get help if they need it or just be able to cope with how they feel better. Thank goodness I've the blog as therapy too eh.

  2. Huge lump in my throat and lots of tears in my eyes Ann. Thanks for including me, and big fat hugs to everyone here and all those silently suffering xxx

  3. I am so emotional since having J and going through the stress of diagnosis and living with autism. I’m so much more tired and drained so i’m not surprised I catch more and i’m Having so many mini break downs once the house is empty or J’s in bed. It’s bloomin’ hard work x

  4. Having our autistic son has definitely affected my mental health. The lack of sleep has been a big issue during some periods. The worst stresses hasn't been caused by my son though, but by people around him. Having to explain things over and over to people who don't listen or care much anyway, or being promised that he'll be looked after properly and then hearing from other parents etc that the teachers lost him for a little while one day, etc.
    It's good to hear that you have a mum who listens. Mine would just suggest to send our son away for respite. That's not what any of us need... Though right now, we're doing really well, with less stress for both of us. It's quite fragile though, and still very much a work in progress x

  5. You're so right. This is such an important topic and one that is often overlooked as we try to stay strong for our families. A support network is crucial.

  6. Even out of those who displayed a positive attitude towards people with mental health problems, many said they would be reluctant to tell anyone if they had a mental health problem themselves which just goes to show that there is still fear surrounding other peoples' perceptions of mental health.alcohol addiction


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