Ron didn’t know where to go for help in learning how to support his son.
“My son has schizoaffective disorder. He’s battled his illness for over 8 years, since his early 20’s, with the utmost determination, courage and strength. Several years ago when he was going to be released from hospital, I had no idea where to turn for education or support so I could understand his illness and help him in the best way possible. Then a nurse recommended SSA. I went to an SSA Family Support Drop-In where I basically unloaded my ‘life backpack’. Now, four years later, I’m still a regular at SSA family programs.”
“I’m so passionate about the value of SSA’s work. It’s altered my life, in particular by helping me tremendously in supporting my son. The people who run SSA are amazing; kind, supportive, and with so much information to pass on. Family members always feel safe to share their experiences.”
“The more knowledge I have, the better I can support my son. I love my son. I want to protect him and to help. But I’ve also learned how to let him live. I encourage his dreams. I treasure his intelligence, his wicked sense of humor and his incredibly kind spirit.
My son appreciates me working to understand more about his illness. He knows he can trust me, that I’m there for him every step of the way. My son is an amazing person; truly an inspiration to me. I feel blessed to be his dad.”