Due to our family’s financial situation, there were years when my parents and I had to live with relatives. Often, I shared a room with my parents. At times it was extremely stressful, awkward and uncomfortable. I felt like I was suffocating with no privacy – everyone was in each other’s face giving their opinions on every little thing. Tension often boiled into fights with my parents and between my parents.
Looking back, I wish I had found the courage to ask for help; to talk to someone like my best friend’s mum, a teacher or counsellor. Just having someone who would listen to me without fear or judgement would have been good. I’m sure they would have been able to help me cope better, deal with anxiety, and feel better about myself.
Your family problems may be similar or very different to mine. Either way, it’s tough to carry the burden and struggle alone. There is something you can do about it. Support is available. Asking for help can feel really hard, but it's worth it.
Inspiro offers free youth and counselling to young people living, working or studying in the Yarra Ranges. You can make an appointment with a caring counsellor by calling 9738 8801.
For similar issues see this mother's son struggled at school: www.inspiro.org.au/blog/transition-to-high-school
Youth and young adult counselling services at Inspiro are funded by the Yarra Ranges Council.