It’s OK to not be OK.

Autism.
The bad days.
These happen.
You feel like a failure.
You feel like you want to crawl away and hide.
Like everything is too much.
You want to put the Autism into a box and put it away.
The days you feel you can’t cope.
The days you cry through sheer frustration.
Through anger, that you can’t control your own child.
You the adult, cannot control your own child.
That hurts. That is hard. That feels like failure.
But you get through the bad days because of the good.
Because of the achievement and progress they have made.
Because your heart is bursting with love and pride for the child you have raised.
Because of the challenges they face daily and we are the one person they can trust.
We do it for them.
But it is ok to have a bad day.
It is ok to say you are not ok.
To say you are struggling.
Today I am not ok.
Tomorrow is another day.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week.
The aim of the week is to help shed stigma around the topic.
It is to make people realise that increasing numbers of people are affected by high levels of stress and anxiety….
….and that it is OK to not be OK.

Stress is common in any family, but in special needs families it is becoming apparent that levels are rising.
Parents/carers of children with additional needs have to cope with many demands.
Behaviour issues, schooling, lack of sleep, health pressures, money worries, siblings….the list is endless.
Parents/carers often end up suffering health problems resulting from the stress; all whilst providing 24 hour care for their child.
All of which can be reduced….
…..if they realise it is OK not to be OK.

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