I was nine years old. We didn’t understand what was happening, and didn’t know who to call, except Dad, but we didn’t know where he was or how to ring him.
We were scared of mum and what she might do.
You are unsure who to trust. You don’t know who is telling the truth. You love your mum and want to believe her, even though what she is saying sounds a bit weird. But if you don’t believe your mother you feel guilty and you feel like you are deceiving her.
In Australia it is estimated that just over a million children live in a household where at least one parent has a mental illness.
Growing up in any family can be challenging at times, but there might be special problems for families in which one or both parents have a mental illness.
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