It Cuts Deep

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  1. So sorry to hear of this tragedy. What you say is so true about caring for the carers.

    • Kirsty says:

      It is a tragedy Deb. What really worries me is how many others are out there suffering in silence believing there is no hope in sight. We all know there are limited services to help our kids, let alone services to help the carers. All we can do is try to be there for each other and continue to spread the word…

  2. Marita says:

    I’m so sorry :-(

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Marita. It’s just so sad and such a senseless loss. But it is also an important reminder for us to closely look at how we are doing ourselves and to take the time to seek help and assistance when we need it. Not the easiest thing to do but oh so important…

  3. Yeran says:

    Oh Kirsty. That’s just sad and chilling beyond words. Chilling because just like you said “if this person can’t do it who can?”.. this could be any one of us caring for a child or children with special needs. And I know so many parents who are in a similar boat as us who also suffer from depression and take meds for it. I am not on meds at this point but there are days where I am close to getting them prescribed. The government definately needs to review how the tackle this part of the community… not only do they need to think about the children, but they need to provide help readily for the carers! We need therapy provided for ourselves too!!! They need a mental health package that goes hand in hand with Autism and special needs packages that are available to families by the government. Even siblings should have access to these things too.
    Thanks for sharing this remarkable persons story. May they rest in peace. Big hugs Kirsty x

    • Kirsty says:

      Yeran, you are so right. There needs to be more funding for mental health for families caring for people with special needs, not to mention increased funding to provide respite as well (woefully underfunded and complicated and stressful for families to even consider up our way). But, in the meantime, we can at least check in on each other, talk out our worries and concerns and try to support each other in whatever way we can. I know that it helps me to realise that i’m not the only one facing these challenges but we do need more tangible support to try and prevent any more loss of life due to the stress and strain of being a carer. Thanks so much for your words and for sharing this post on facebook – very much appreciated!

  4. Oh Kirsty I’m sorry, that is shattering :(

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Kate.The funeral was today and I feel bad as I couldn’t go but it was no place to take Gilbert.

      All we can do is learn from this and ensure we take care of ourselves as well as those we are caring for. And we can’t take anyone’s mental health for granted, no matter how that person may seem to be coping to the casual observer. Easier said than done, but very, very necessary…

  5. Katie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this :(

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