Sarah received counselling for 16 weeks. It was not easy for her initially but she learned that her mental health difficulties were rooted in the trauma she had experienced in childhood. She is now feeling much better overall. There are still days when Sarah feels low but, in her words:
‘I understand where my feelings come from and that having children brought them to the surface. On the bad days, this helps me to cope.’
Providing a pathway of support for Sarah, based on improvements in mental health, has prevented the family difficulties from escalating to a point of crisis. The family is more empowered as a whole and continues to build on this strength. Some of the accomplishments they have made by working alongside The Parenting Project are:
• Sarah now only drinks socially and has moderated the amount she was drinking.
• Tom spends much more time with Sarah and the children. He supports and understands Sarah’s mental health needs.