2nd September 2022

Family Review: Family Profiles second set

As part of our work on the Family Review, we asked families to contribute to our research by sharing their Family Profile – a snapshot of what families means to them, their strengths, the challenges they may have experienced, how they like to spend their time and the support that they value the most.

Read our next three profiles below:

I am a mum to three sons aged 10, 12 and 14. Along with my husband we all live together. As a family we provide love, support, care and joy to one another and I really value our time together (without screens!) as well as hugs. Navigating the move towards teenage years feels hard but seeking support from friends, patients and humour is helping. I am a husband and dad to my two daughters. We all live together, with our dog as well. Our family is a team. The girls get on brilliantly, my wife and I share the responsibilities, and we all support each other when times are tough. It has been difficult for us since lockdown. Our youngest daughter has really struggled with her mental health, and is sometimes anxious and depressed. She seems to be through the worst of it now, and we’re so proud of her for finding ways to help herself. As a family, we’ve all worked together to try and support her, and her school has been on board too. However, although she did need some additional support, she wouldn’t have met the threshold for CAMHS [Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services] help. In the end we made the decision to pay for a private therapist – it was expensive, but it did help. We are lucky we could afford to do so. I am a husband and dad to my two daughters. We all live together, with our dog as well. Our family is a team. The girls get on brilliantly, my wife and I share the responsibilities, and we all support each other when times are tough. It has been difficult for us since lockdown. Our youngest daughter has really struggled with her mental health, and is sometimes anxious and depressed. She seems to be through the worst of it now, and we’re so proud of her for finding ways to help herself. As a family, we’ve all worked together to try and support her, and her school has been on board too. However, although she did need some additional support, she wouldn’t have met the threshold for CAMHS [Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services] help. In the end we made the decision to pay for a private therapist – it was expensive, but it did help. We are lucky we could afford to do so.