Caring for my suicidal son – Carers Story

This is the charity that I’m proud to work for. For my American friends, in case it isn’t obvious (and I’m pretty sure it will be if you read this person’s experience), this is about family and friends caregivers, not paid care staff.

Carers Support West Sussex

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A number of carers have contacted Carers Support with their stories and wish to remain anonymous.


It was a February more than a decade ago when it began.

On the 8th, my son passed his driving test, on the 18th we celebrated his 18th birthday and on the 28th he attempted suicide.

Nothing can prepare you for the reality of sitting with your child through the night, knowing their life hangs in the balance by their own hand.  He spent a few days in hospital and was then discharged with a prescription for antidepressants and a follow up GP appointment.

“We were horrified, but we muddled through the next few weeks; our raw emotion transforming into watchful anxiety.”

We were horrified, but we muddled through the next few weeks; our raw emotion transforming into watchful anxiety.  In some ways our family became stronger.  We talked…

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