I don’t belong in this club


I’m not the kind of girl you want to bring home to your parents, or anywhere for that matter. I don’t have a good job, and my car is always breaking down. But what really sets me apart from other people is that I am not perfect-far from it-and yet somehow nobody around here seems to mind so much.

Perfection isn’t everything – sometimes being different can be just as good.

The first time I saw my daughter playing on her own in her bedroom, completely happy without anyone else there giving instructions or telling her what to do… It was at this moment that I realized how much she needs me. And yet I think back to all those moments where society told us our child would be better off if we weren’t around so much. “If you want your kid to be successful, you need them to have their space.”

I’m a woman with anxiety and depression who is absolutely not ashamed of it because the strength of these women are inspiring and they show others like myself that it’s okay not being perfect”

I want you to be so happy when your children come home from school and see their mother waiting at the door with her arms open wide. I don’t belong in this club but it doesn’t mean that I can’t love those who do.”

Timothy Kurek, author of “The Cross In The Closet”

Mental health is just as important as physical health in our society.”

Sara Zaske

My mother has been by my side every day since I was born. She taught me how to love and she gave me confidence at an early age knowing that not everyone will accept us for who we are but there is always someone out there who will.


I’m proud to be gay and I love my mom for being so supportive.”

Jason Carrion

In the United States, more than one million children live with a parent who has been diagnosed as living with mental illness. The stigma surrounding this diagnosis can make it difficult for these parents to receive adequate care.”

Katherine Bologna Viola

“My mother had schizophrenia,” he said softly. “She was quite ill. She would go through periods of time where she couldn’t function or do anything at all and then there were times when she could work around the house, but only if we did everything for her.” -Norman Rockwell in his autobiography My Adventures As An Illustrator by Norman Rockwell

A child with an incarcerated parent can be exposed to the following adverse conditions:

(I) witnessing violence at home

(ii) neglect and abuse by caretakers

(iii) living in poverty or near-poverty levels of income. Amy Lerman

“In a perfect world our children wouldn’t have to learn about mental illness on their own, and we wouldn’t have to learn the hard way.” Katherine Bologna Viola

The article’s main point is that parents who are struggling mentally should take responsibility for themselves as well as their children because doing so will help them both feel better overall. “NAMI urges parents with mental health concerns to seek treatment and support, but also recognizes that not all families are able or willing to do so.”

Amy Lerman states in her article that “In a perfect world our children wouldn’t have to learn about mental illness on their own” which shows how parents need to take responsibility for themselves. She mentions the adverse conditions of witnessing violence at home, living in poverty or near-poverty levels of income, neglect, and abuse by caretakers. The lack of knowledge from caregivers can lead them into believing they’re doing something wrong when they may just be struggling mentally.

The main point is that if parents take better care of themselves then it will make their child feel more positive as well since both people in the household will be in a better mental state.

Lerman states that “It is important to understand how they are feeling and tell them it is not their fault.”

The article expresses different points of view on why mentally ill children don’t get help because there needs to be more understanding from parents and caregivers for those who need support as well as empathy.

Some people may feel like they just can’t handle what’s happening at home but with awareness, both parent and child can start making changes together which leads to building healthier relationships. Losing control doesn’t have to mean giving up hope; living healthy lives means recognizing when we need extra support, too.

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By Komal Joshi

General twitter scholar. Internet junkie. Proud problem solver. Zombie nerd. Music buff. Friendly organizer. Hardcore communicator.

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