Dear Lakewood scoop readers,
Bh, klal Yisrael is amazing!
Look how much money was collected to support the yidden in Eretz Yisrael who need it so much now!
We have organizations like RCCS, Chai lifelines and Bikur Cholim and Mesameach to help families deal with the major upheaval of a sick family member.
I was so happy to see an organization opened to help kids that come from home where parents are divorced.
So why am I writing this letter?
Because klal yisrael still needs an organization to help parents of kids/teens dealing with mental illness.
I know about Relief. They will help you with referrals and we are so thankful for that.
I know about Kulam Ahuvim and we are so grateful that at leat one of my children has a “big sister” to shmooze with once a week.
I know about kesher nafshi and they give parents tremendous chizzuk for struggling children(many have mental illness as well).
But when parents fly across the country to visit their kid in mental health facilities, sometimes overnight, there’s no help.
When parents spend hours driving and visiting their child in psychiatric hospital, they leave their house for 4-5 or 6 hours in a row and there’s no help.
When parents spend hours on the phone with therapist and referral agencies, the other children in the family don’t get the attention they need.
Supper consists of frozen pizza and pasta too many times to count.
They don’t get the parties, outing and treats that families that deal with physical illness are able to be helped with. Why?
Believe me, the siblings suffer as much as if their sibling had any other physical illness. They are often embarrassed by their siblings behavior and don’t want to bring friends home.
There are no financial help for families struggling with numbers so astronomical that most people can’t imagine paying. Most people that send there usually don’t have a choice not to send. It’s a question of Pikuach nefesh and keeping your child alive matters above else.
Most private insurance will not cover out of network services. Premiums can be a few hundred dollars per month for that child only(then there’s an extra few thousand dollars deductible!)
Bh , klal Yisrael is incredible but we need more!
We feel so alone and so overwhelmed!
Thank you for reading and I hope someone will be zoche to fulfill this tremendous task!
(Please don’t publish my name, thank you!
If anyone want to communicate with me I would be happy to answer any questions via email if you put me in touch!)
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