I want to talk about what no one else wants to talk about... Children with mental illness.Raising a child who is ‘different’ from the other kids takes a great mental and emotional toll on the parents. They are worn out and pushed to the brink, totally exhausted. Many are tapped out financially and in some cases, they have had to quit their jobs or take lesser ones to be there for the next episode when their child can’t cope. There is little or no support from a system caught up in process and willfully lacking in parental resources.As a parent of a challenging child, you can also brace yourself for the stigma of a lifetime. We look like the accomplice to this very badly behaved, poorly mannered and emotionally unstable child. If you don’t have a diagnosis it’s worse. If you don’t have money it’s worse still. So much of what we require to help our children isn’t covered by extended health insurance.The general parent community is unsupportive at best; hostile and judgmental at its worst. This compounds the pain and stress we live through every day. We go through things very few parents can relate to.This podcast is a collection of my interviews with kids affected by challenges, parents of those kids, and even medical professionals from the mental health community. In many cases, the name of the child has been changed or last names of the contributors omitted to maintain privacy for themselves and their children.
Episode Seventy-Four - Carley & Lee
In this episode of Different from the Other Kids, we meet Carley, who is a parent struggling to get mental health services for her son Lee. She is dealing with persistent truancy and some general aggressive and challenging behavior. Carley is trying in...
Episode Seventy-Three- Bob Koven
In this episode of Different from the Other Kids, we check in with our good friend Bob Koven. Bob is a businessman, a new Grandfather, amateur photographer, standup comedian in the mental health space, a fly fisherman, and a general first-class advocate...
Episode Seventy-Two - Grace Kohn
Grace is the Mother of Julianne, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 7, the author of Children of Autumn, a vocal teacher, a theatre enthusiast, and playwright. Grace updates us with what’s happening with Julianne and lets us know about her...
Episode Seventy-One - Eleanor Hayward
“My motivation is to serve our community in a way that enhances our health as individuals, as well as the health of the ecosystems which support us. The Green Party of Canada offers a vehicle for People Planet and Prosperity which resonates with my...
Episode Seventy - Essential Oils for Immunity with Christina
Essential Oils for Immunity Boosting!
Episode Sixty-Nine - William (Part Three)
Authors Angela Tsounis and William Michael Forbes talk once more.
Heartfelt and touching!
Thanks to Angela for bringing this topic to light! Truly worth listening to if you, or someone you know suffers from a mental illness. Hearing someone else's side of the story is powerful, and helps us understand these people.
Honest, Heartfelt and Heartbreaking
As the struggling parent of a struggling teen, I really appreciate the honesty of this podcast. It's hard to say I enjoy it, because some of the content is heartbreaking, but it's comforting to know that I'm not alone and helpful to hear what has worked for others. Angela's warmth and empathy comes through loud and clear. This is a good place to hear real stories, told by those that have lived through it! Keep a tissue handy...you might need it!