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The Single Mom’s viewpoint of raising a child with mental health disabilities

Christina DiArcangelo (CEO, Chairwoman, Affinity Patient Advocacy ) :

Raising a child is a challenging and rewarding experience, but it can be even more challenging when you are a single mother raising a child with mental health disabilities. As someone who has been in this position, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate the demands of parenthood while also managing the needs of a child with mental health disabilities.


One of the biggest challenges of raising a child with mental health disabilities is finding the right treatment and support. It can be frustrating and overwhelming to navigate the healthcare system, especially when you are doing it on your own. It is sometimes also challenging working within your school district to ensure that your child’s mental health disabilities are being addressed.


As a single mom raising a child with mental health disabilities, it is important to advocate for your child, seek out the resources and support they need. This might include working with doctors and mental health professionals, seeking out community resources, your school district, a patient advocacy group, and joining support groups for parents of children with mental health disabilities.


Another challenge of being a single mom raising a child with mental health disabilities is managing the demands of daily life while also managing your child's needs. This requires a lot of flexibility and patience. This can also feel isolating for a single mother. You should not let that be the situation. Speak with your trusted family members and friends for support. You should never feel embarrassed to share with your inner circle.


Another challenge of being a single mom raising a child with mental health disabilities is managing the demands of daily life while also managing your child's needs. This requires a lot of flexibility and patience. This can also feel isolating for a single mother.

You should not let that be the situation. Speak with your trusted family members and friends for support. You should never feel embarrassed to share with your inner circle.


It is important to prioritize self-love by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, practicing mindfulness and meditation, healthy eating, hydration, regular exercise, and seeking out professional help when needed. Remember that taking care of yourself is essential to being the best parent you can be for your child. Your behaviour also demonstrates to your child the importance of self-love.


One of the biggest lessons I learned from raising a child with mental health disabilities is the importance of advocating for my child, seeking out the right treatment and support. I worked closely with doctors and mental health professionals to find the right treatment plan for my child, and I made a conscious effort to educate myself about paediatric mental health and the resources available to us.


I also made a conscious effort to communicate with my child about their mental health challenges in an age-appropriate way. I explained to my child that mental illness is a condition that affects many people and that it is nothing to be ashamed of. By being open and honest with my child, I was able to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and model healthy coping skills. My child has also been exposed to other family members that have mental health disabilities which has assisted in the stigmatization.


While raising a child with mental health disabilities can be challenging, it is also an opportunity to model resilience and strength for your child. By showing your child that you can overcome challenges and manage your own mental health, you are teaching them important life skills that will serve them well in the future. Also, being able to share examples from my own childhood living with two family members that had mental health disabilities has also helped.


Finally, it is important to remember that you are not alone. As I mentioned above, sometimes it can feel very isolating to you as a single mother but there are many resources and support available to single moms raising children with mental health disabilities, including therapy and counseling, support groups, and community resources.


By seeking out help and support, you can reduce the stress and demands of parenting while also managing your child's mental health. Remember that taking care of yourself is essential to being the best parent you can be for your child.


In conclusion, being a single mom raising a child with mental health disabilities can be challenging, but it is also an opportunity to advocate for your child, educate yourself about mental health, and model resilience and strength. By seeking out help and support, prioritizing self-care, and communicating openly with your child, you can manage the demands of parenting while also managing your child's mental health. Remember that you are not alone, and that there are many resources like Affinity Patient Advocacy and support available to help you navigate these challenges.


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