The Jewish Chronicle
A MOTHER’S STORY
Before my child received support from Jami, I didn’t believe in therapy. I thought it should be a private family matter. I didn’t understand why she wanted to talk to a therapist, instead of me. It was quite difficult.
My daughter felt she couldn’t turn to her nearest and dearest. But once I had therapy myself, I gradually understood why.
I rang them in a moment of crisis when I did not know what to do. I had to finally get to grips with the fact that something real was happening. It wasn’t just a ‘teenage thing’. It is like being caught in a tornado. My case worker gave me perspective. Jami has helped me and they have helped me support my child.
There are times when I cannot sleep. It takes its toll. I worry about what has happened or about what might happen in the future.
I lean on my support group. They know what we are going through as a family. They are the people I can understand and I would not be able to talk to my friends as openly as I talk to them. We are a group of people who have been in similar situations. Being Jewish also helps, as coming from the same community is just more relatable.
We have learnt how to be compassionate in a situation, how hard it is in turmoil and how to understand exactly what your child is going through.