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Alice's emotional story

Video describing Diagnosis For My Children Lead Me to Alcohol and Self-harming
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Like most mums of disabled children, I’d struggled on alone for such a long time that I didn’t think I needed support.
Alice, mum to Thomas and Alex

Alice has two sons called Thomas and Alex. They have different forms of autism and very separate needs.

Thomas’s autism affects his coordination and speech. Alex can find busy, noisy places very stressful and relies heavily on routine.

When they were young, Alice struggled with being a mum. She thought no one would understand what it was like to have disabled children.

She started drinking and self-harming to cope with the emotional pain. She felt like it was the only way to release her pent up frustrations and emotions. She didn’t tell anyone how desperate she was feeling – not even her husband.

Thanks to people like you, Scope was there.

Finally, Alice got in touch with Scope. Through our parent befriending service, we introduced Alice to another mum with two disabled children – someone who really understood what she was going through.

Disability can affect anyone, at any time. Befriending gives parents like Alice confidence and courage and helps them find ways to cope. Her befriender has introduced her to other parents with disabled children who understand her family life. She now feels like she has a big support system in her local area.

80% of parents with disabled children can reach breaking point because they can't get the emotional support they need. This often results in depression or family separation. But because of supporters like you, more and more families are getting support when they need it most.

Thank you.