08-13-2022 12:05 PM - edited 08-13-2022 12:52 PM
08-13-2022 02:19 PM
Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry to hear about how hard things are right now. Single parenting can really be challenging, especially when you are facing your own issues as well. Things with your son sound incredibly difficult - I can only imagine how draining this must be over such a long period of time. It is completely reasonable that this is beginning to have an impact on you. As you mentioned, you try really hard to provide the best life for your son which is tough to do.. but it also sounds like you are feeling really undervalued and underappreciated too. Are there any ways that you look after yourself to try to experience some small joys? Please know that you are not alone. We have heard from other parents who are finding it difficult to manage their teenager's use of technology - you can have a read of their tips and stories here.
We are an Australian service, so unfortunately our referrals and resources may not be super relevant to you. If you ever need anyone to chat to, I have found some Canadian crisis services which may be helpful supports for you. You also mentioned that your son is going to school. Do you know whether there are any support services available at school?
Just so you know, I have sent you through an email if you don't mind keeping an eye out for that.
08-14-2022 10:59 AM
Just to further add to Taylor's comments, you may like to check out the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. They have a lot of drop-in support groups that are currently being run virtually, as well as one-on-one short term support with either a counsellor or peer support worker. The Gerstein Centre also has a 24/7 crisis line should you need it. Take care