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Lived Experience

“Just because we are resilient, does not mean that we are unaffected.”  – anonymous

COMMON STRENGTHS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE A PARENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS:

- Creative Orientation
– Tolerance of Difference
– Willingness to Change the Status Quo
– Emotional Expressiveness
– A Sense of Humor

*Five Redemptive Characteristics identified through Qualitative Analysis/Interviews by Heather Burack, MSW, while completing her Master of Social Work at Hunter College-CUNY.

 

LINKS TO PERSONAL STORIES OF LIVED EXPERIENCE:

What I want you to know about having a parent that is mentally ill

10 Things Only Kids Of Mentally Ill Parents Will Understand

Personal Stories by Kids and Young People, Parents, Partners and Adult Children from COPMI Australia

The Crooked House – Stories and Videos by people who have a parent with a mental illness

Reflection on Sandy Hook, Racism and Profiling

Parents who have mental illness: Heidi’s Story & Joan’s Story

My Mother has Bipolar – A blog by a young Italian woman

A Documentary about Young Caregivers who have a parent with Early Onset Alzheimer’s

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