In this show, I speak with bestselling author Amy White, on Closer to Paradise: A Mother’s Journey Through Crisis and Healing. In it, she tells the story of how her teenage son nosedived into a suicidal crisis and how she became a Caregiver overnight and chose to thrive.
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I was drawn to my guest Amy White because she wrote a book about her experiences in dealing with a child in crisis. I related to her story so much, although my daughter wasn’t hospitalized or put on meds, she went into a downward spiral using street drugs, marijuana and alcohol. It ultimately resulted in the breaking up of our family and my feeling frightened, overwhelmed, out of control and basically terrified until she turned a corner.
The stress was immense. The obsessive worry. The self blame. I wanted to talk with Amy about all that and what it feels like to watch your kid go off the deep end and feel like you’re a failure as a parent.
In addition to being a bestselling author, Amy White is a Caregiver Champion and Intuitive Life Coach. She writes the blog Far From Paradise, sharing the lessons, insights and heartache, as well as her own personal healing journey, following her son’s mental health breakdown.
Amy hopes that her story about fighting stigma, navigating the mental health services maze and focusing on her own emotional healing will provide a beacon of hope and light for those who are working to support a loved one or themselves on the path to health and wellness.
In this interview you will learn:
- What a Caregiver Champion means?
- As a Caregiver, what were some of the lessons she learned coming through this crisis?
- Self-care critical while going through a crisis or challenging life experience. What were some things that she did to help herself?
- What was the biggest hurdle she overcame during this crisis and how did she overcome it?
- How did her intuition play a role in supporting herself and son throughout this situation?
- How to choose to thrive as a result of this type of experience.
- How does her work serve Caregivers and others who are transitioning out of crisis or difficulties?
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This episode of Kids in Crisis originally aired on BoldBraveMedia.