Never Let Go: How to Parent Your Child Through Mental Illness (Paperback)
How to help your child with mental illness through partnering, not parenting.
Never Let Go is a supportive and practical guide for parents looking after a child with a mental illness. Suzanne Alderson understands the agonizing struggle of bringing a child back from the brink of suicide, having spent three years supporting her own daughter through recovery. Her method of ‘partnering, not parenting’ has now helped thousands of other parents through her charity, Parenting Mental Health.
Combining Suzanne's honest personal experience with expert input from psychologists, this book provides parents with the methods and knowledge they need to support, shield, and strengthen their child as they progress towards recovery. Chapters include a background to the mental health epidemic, why a new method of parenting is crucial, how to change your thinking about mental health, and practical advice on solutions to daily problems including accepting the new normal, dealing with others, and looking after yourself as well as your child.
About the Author
Suzanne Alderson founded the charity group Parenting Mental Health following the attempted suicide of her daughter Issy. Parenting Mental Health is an online community for parents of children and teenagers suffering from acute mental illness. It supports over 20,000 parents through its Facebook group, in-person events, and online mentoring and training program. In 2018, Suzanne was recognized by Facebook for her fight to end generational mental illness. Suzanne is a trained mental health first aider, an ambassador of the mental health charity Kaleidoscope Plus Group, and a regular speaker on mental health.