I am a mother of an adult son with mental illness who has struggled since he was a young teen. After many years of inadequate or nonexistent assistance for his illness, he made a suicide attempt in April of 2021 which he barely survived and now lives with the scars inside and out to remind him every day.
He has recently gotten help, but it took years to find assistance that made a difference, and we could afford. My son has suffered immensely but is trying very hard to put his life back together and move on from the last several horrific years. It isn’t always the case that young people are able to find stability with serious mental illness. I suppose the suicide attempt was a blessing in a way because it did help him to see how sick he was and accept help. Because my son was over 18 and refused to sign a release to inform or include parents in the findings or from the medical community, he was on his own not understanding how or where to ask for help.
Due to the long term and complex trajectory of this disease I have spent all my savings trying to support my son in finding help, which has been expensive and difficult. We have both experienced lost jobs, faced stigmatizing attitudes, and don’t have extended family to help with support.
I lost my last job right before Covid, and I am no longer able to help support my son and myself, which has led to falling behind in house payments since last October. As a caregiver to my son, and mother with Alzheimer’s disease until her death, I struggle with my own physical and mental health. I would feel so profoundly grateful for the opportunity to ease the burden for my son and myself while we work toward a better life.
As my son works toward healing, he will need longterm specialized services to learn new coping strategies, medical care, social relationships, specialized housing, and job support.
I am currently looking for work and would appreciate any help I could get monetarily to be able to get both of us out of debt and help my son with purchasing a car, (we gave his car to a charity after his hospitalization) paying medical bills, and finding a place to live so he can rebuild his credit and his life.
For myself and my son your help could alleviate the enormous
burden we are facing right now. $10,000.00 would go a long way toward moving forward into something more hopeful.