by N. J. Lindquist:
Despite loving a suicidal parent dearly, one daughter saw her need to look out for her own mental health.
Five years ago a young woman’s mother committed suicide. Prior to that, the mother had struggled with mental illness and addictions for many years.
From ages 14 to 17, the daughter looked after the mother without telling anyone what was going on at home. At the age of 17, the daughter made the very difficult decision to leave her home before she went down the same path as her mother. And shortly after that, she made some very wise decisions on how she would live her life, which she shares in this video.
Unfortunately, the mother could not or would not change.
To honour her mother, this year, the daughter swam 500 laps to raise money for mental health in her mother’s memory.
If you’re living in a situation that is going to destroy your life, if you feel burdened down from trying to help someone who shows no intention of really wanting to change, or if you feel guilty for not being able to help someone you love, please watch this video. The story beings at the 3-minute mark.
And if you identify with the mother, please seek help from those who are qualified to give it.