Mental Wellness for Parents
Parenting can be challenging under the best circumstances. However, parents of chronically ill children have extraordinary amounts of stress that affects them and their whole family’s well-being. This is due to both extra logistical demands on parent’s time such as doctor or therapy appointments, medical treatments, and hospitalizations but also emotional demands on parents, such as watching their child be in pain, worrying about the child’s vulnerability, or explaining the health problems to those outside the family. We believe that parents of chronically ill children deserve emotional support to help cope with these extra stressors.
Many parents’ first response might be, “I don’t have time to take for myself!” Or, “my needs are not as important as my child!” As they say on airplanes, it’s essential that you put your oxygen mask on before you help others. We believe the same is true for mental wellness. We think that not only do you deserve to feel happy and healthy, you will be better able to care for others when you are thriving yourself.
Therefore, we invite you to take part in a program that focuses on self-care, mental wellness, and identifying strategies to better cope: Mood Lifters. Mood Lifters is an innovative program that was developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, that brings together small groups of parents who will discuss strategies to improve their mental health and overall well-being. Our goal is to help people live the life they’ve always wanted: one with deep meaning, less anxiety and depression, more joy and contentment, and better relationships.
We understand that it is a commitment on your part – it takes time, determination, and effort to learn new skills. We believe this will be worth it for you and your family. We hope you will consider participating in Mood Lifters to focus on self-care, self-compassion, and connecting with parents and leaders who will understand your journey.