This Mental Health Awareness Week, parents send messages of hope

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, parents supported by Pace sent messages of hope to other parents who are struggling with child exploitation.

When you are going through a stressful or traumatic time, it’s so important to know that you are not alone.

Believe in the hope that he/she will come back to you one day. Keep the love there and remember, this isn’t about you it’s their journey that they will learn something from. Be kind to yourself and be kind to them ❤️.

Be kind to yourself. I couldn’t take time for myself for fear of losing my grip, or my daughter running away, but what I did do was listen to music when driving. Walk the dog. Bake a cake and eat it!

You’re unique, your child is unique, trust your gut. Don’t let anyone who hasn’t walked in your shoes
tell YOU how to tie YOUR laces.

As time goes on the good days do outweigh the bad. And you have to acknowledge that this pain has shaped us to be who we are today. You will always be empathetic towards others in pain and have wise words to share along the way.

You are not alone, do not feel as though no one can help you. Truly believe that better days are yet to come. Sharing is the first step towards caring for yourself.

To mark the end of mental health awareness week a parent shared a beautiful poem she wrote to her son.

Hope With a Broken Heart


My dear son, I write to you today, to express the love that will never fade away. I see the path you’re heading down, and I fear for the dangers that lie around.

You’re walking a road that’s dark and unclear, where the light at the end may never appear. You’re chasing a dream that’s built on sand, and the consequences may be too much to withstand.

I beg you to turn around and come back, before the world takes you on a dangerous track. There are people who care and want you to succeed, and they will support you in your time of need.

I know the allure of the thrill and the rush, but it’s not worth it if it ends in a hush. Please don’t make decisions that you’ll regret, and don’t let your future become a threat.

My son, I love you more than words can say, and I’ll be here for you each and every day. I hope you can see the light and find your way, and make choices that will lead you to a brighter day.