My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was in middle school during the early ’80s. Being a young caregiver for a loved one with mental illness involved struggles no child should ever have to endure. Her health challenges presented phases of unbearable beatings, heartbreaking and unloving words, unexplainable pain, feelings of exhaustion, periods of confusion, despair and hopelessness.
Rhonda Lee wrote this article to help give hope and inspiration to families affected by mental health illness. Rhonda is a NAMI New Orleans volunteer and board member who shared her story, which was posted on the @NAMICommunicate Blog. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of families affected by mental health illnesses through education, support services, advocacy and research.