A Mom’s Letter & A Son’s First Psych Ward Visit

Written by CMHA Grande Prairie
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I was asked to write some things I went through, being a parent, of a child with mental illness. At first, it's hard to believe that your honor roll, smart, outgoing child has a mental illness. At first, I just thought that he turned 19, and was getting a little wild. Then other people in the family and close friends were telling me things he was doing, that didn't make sense. So we had a family meeting, and for his own safety we had to put him into the hospital. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Thank God I have the best family support behind me and my son. I think family support is one of the biggest things a person needs. And another thing I found that helped me is talking to other people about it. It seems like the more you talk about it to other people the more other people confided in me about their family and what was happening to them. My son has taught me a lot; how to be patient, and sincere and Earth loving. He loves helping others and making other people happy. He is a free spirit and I love him.

By Devin’s Mom, Debra

When I was twenty I started not feeling good. I didn't know why, but I got the blues and as time went on I got worse and worse. I lost most of my friends and the few that stayed wondered what was wrong with me. I became depressed...not just under the weather, but clinically down. As time went on I got worse and worse. All my family backed me up and decided to go for help. My friends and family got me to talk to a doctor and he figured it was severe depression. Because of my deteriorating condition they all decided to put me on the Psych Ward. I couldn't snap out of it and was thinking only of dying and suicide. So what was I to do... I was seen by a psychiatrist who put me on some anti-depressants and for 3 torturous weeks I held out and finally started to feel good. The medication brought me out of the depression. It felt so liberating after the meds kicked in... Just amazing. You don't realize what you have until you lose it...and I had lost my hope, but regained it back stronger. I was healed and everyone who loved me was relieved.

Devin Sluchinski
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