Fear

Fear
Fear of being locked in a padded room for the rest of her life kept my daughter from telling anyone about the voices she was hearing. For nearly two years she suffered alone. This not only highlights the fear involved, but also a lack of understanding about mental health. At the time, she had no education about mental health from school and her ideas were formed from movies. Thankfully there are now changes being introduced to the school curriculum and mental health awareness is being raised. My daughter has spent the last two years telling her story in local high schools to encourage anyone experiencing problems to seek help. As a family member, I had no idea that my daughter was suffering in silence. I can make all kinds of excuses but I should have been more aware. What I did become aware of were the ongoing fears she was experiencing due to the voices. The only reason I saw this was because I became educated and involved. Seeing the fear was a big motivator in me supporting her with unconditional love.