22 Things People With Mental Illness Wish Their Parents Knew

When a child scrapes his knee, mom’s there with a Band-Aid. When a child falls ill, dad’s there with chicken soup. But what does a parent do when they can’t kiss the pain away?

Watching your child develop a mental illness — especially if you’re unfamiliar with the signs — can be confusing and rough for the whole family. For parents, it can be frustrating not knowing what to do, what to say or how to make it all better.

We asked people in our community who live with a mental illness to tell us one thing they wish their parents understood.

Here’s what they want parents to know:  READ MORE