You need an MVP when parenting a teen with depression
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Depression recovery is not a solo act–you need an MVP

I love that line “Depression recovery is not a solo act.” While Gulman was talking about his own recovery from depression, it’s a good reminder that if you’re part of the recovery process–even playing the supportive parent part–you need an MVP, too.

Five seasons in to my daughter’s depression, I realize I’ve had a few MVPs over the years. People I’ve never met, but who I’ve leaned on to keep my head in the game and my spirits up. And they’re all free agents.

So, if you need an MVP of your own, feel free to borrow one of mine. Here’s my all-star list of players.

#1 John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast

John Moe, through his amazing podcast The Hilarious World of Depression taught me how to talk about depression with my daughter and others. He and his guests gave me the vocabulary, the questions, and a lot of answers. What’s more, John is the ultimate team player–quick-witted, compassionate and reliable.

If you are having trouble getting your head around the illness and all its manifestations, John’s your man. Listen to the podcast or pick up a copy of his book of the same name. You won’t regret it.

#2 Suzanne Alderson, founder of Parenting Mental Health

Suzanne Alderson is the tireless woman behind Parenting Mental Health, a registered charity and community of parents with teenagers with mental health challenges of all shapes and sizes.

She’s like the team captain–knowledgeable about the game, always encouraging, and always rallying. Her free Facebook group is international, available 24/7 and offers an incredible amount of lived experience and peer support in a judgement-free environment. She’s also now offering courses and mentoring for parents.

If you’re feeling isolated or like you are breaking in half, go to Suzanne. She’ll welcome you in with a warm hug and a cup of tea.

#3 Brooke Castillo, founder of The Life Coach School

Brooke Castillo is a competitor. She likes to win and when she’s on your team, you begin to believe that you will win. That there’s no other way.

I came to know Brooke through her Life Coach School Podcast and she’s been the most instrumental in changing the way I think about my circumstances, parenting, myself, and my mind. I wrote about her in this post and credit Brooke with helping me come to terms with guilt.

Brooke is all about tough love. She will challenge you at every turn, but make you better and stronger in the end. You have to be ready for her though, so highly recommended you build up your strength before you add Brooke to your team.

That’s it. My three stars. Do you have an MVP? I’d love to know who it is.

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