Since my last update on Daniel, I mentioned we were back on the roller coaster. Since his last admission, he has been doing better. I have come to the conclusion that we will forever live on this roller coaster even on the good days. The visual hallucinations have returned but, only when stress is at it's peak and that's usually only with school. As any parent with a child or teen with a mental illness should know, school is the biggest trigger. All we can do is continue to be supportive and be advocates for our children.
The best thing about last month, was Daniel finally meeting his older brother for the first time. He was pretty excited. Very nervous but, very excited. They spent a little time together and could possibly be seeing each other again soon. I was very happy for him. I hadn't seen him smile so big like he did that day. Daniel also has been active in coaching baseball for his little brother's team. It's a great way to boost his self-esteem and give him a sense of purpose. I have not heard him say anything about wanting to give up on his life since his last admission back in February but, it doesn't mean that he doesn't think about it. That's a struggle I will always have to live with. It's something many people don't understand. Some people think that it just takes convincing them to stop thinking that way or feeling that way, that will cure the thought of suicide. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Mental illness is a disease, it will take you when you least expect it. It's a monster that sits back and waits for the most vulnerable and unstable times of your life to take you away from your loved ones. The only way to stop it is to watch for warning signs, symptoms of depression, atypical behavior, mood swings that shift from despair to calm. Click on the hyperlink for more information The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Always remember a simple kind gesture could save a life...
May is Mental Health Awareness month and green is the color to wear for support. Let's raise awareness the whole month of May to stomp out the stigma and to continue the conversation on mental health. Share your stories, they educate those that don't understand the affects of mental illness on families and their loved ones with a diagnosis. Saving Daniel will be turning green for the month of May.
Have a great week!!
I'm a mother with an agenda to save her son from the grips of his mental illness and stop stigma so that those who suffer in silence can seek help without fearing the worse. Join me on this roller coaster ride..you're no longer alone.