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Tough2Love

As we know when a child/teenager is in the Mental Health system it can be a quagmire for the parents.  The focus of the system is on the health of the child & this by default can leave the parent/caregiver feeling unsupported.  These parents/caregivers need support in a non-judgemental & empathetic way when it is TOUGH2LOVE their teenager.  There is now a support group for these caregivers.  The group is run by Debbie Shillingford who has, and is, traversing the mental health path with their own child ,with additional support from Fi Szpetnar-Perez with her suicide prevention focus.  It is NOT a medically based support group.

This group is initially online, via a facebook group, with plans to set up face-to-face group sessions as the needs are identified.

To refer people to the group they can search for the page Tough2Love which has details about joining the closed group  ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/tough2love2013 )

Or you can direct them directly to the link for the facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/111734595696503/

For telephone enquiries please call
Debbie: 027 868 2462
or Fi: 027 485 8866

An excerpt from the founder of the group:
Supporting parents and caregivers of teenagers who suffer from depression, anxiety. self harm and suicidal thoughts and actions (ideation).

Everything that is said in this group is confidential and I would ask that people using this group respect that. Any abuse or profanity will not be tolerated. This is a group for people to share and care and to help others through their journeys.

Being a parent of a teenager who suffers with depression, self harm and has suicidal thoughts and actions, has lead me to set up this support group for others who are fighting the same battle. Our journey has been over 10 months now and still continues. Some times you feel all alone, helpless and frustrated. Sometimes you feel like its tough 2 love. This community has been set up to share, those lonely, helpless and frustrating times. I am by no means a Psychological Professional, or a trained Counsellor. I am just a parent like you, who couldn't find the help we needed through all this, anywhere! My aim is only to help others going through times when its tough2love.

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