Support for families affected by mental illness – one Ottawa mom’s story


This is your United Way Minute. One in five people will be touched by a mental illness in our community. I am one of them. I have a 13-year-old son, and from a very
early age I knew there was something a little bit different. When you’re busy supporting a child who’s
struggling with mental illness, you can’t always think of how to put it all together,
how those pieces all fit. My first connection with the Parents’ Lifelines
of Eastern Ontario was actually at a support group meeting, but since then I’ve also
called the Resource Line many times. And the Resource Line is staffed by family navigators,
so I have that knowledge that I’m calling in and I’m speaking with someone who has
that experience. Help people like Leah and her child get the
support they need. Make a donation at UnitedWayOttawa.ca/give or call 613-228-6700 to change lives
in our community. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t
have that knowledge that, if I need to, I can call them.

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