"Mental health services would have made a world of a difference for my family. My biological mother struggled with depression and other mental health issues. She was able to find good employment and stable housing to get her three children back. However, when my siblings and I sat with our bags packed on her step to go home permanently she had disappeared and was not heard or seen from for years after. Since then, she has told me that she was suicidal at the time and did not believe she could be a good mother or provide what was needed. While my mother was given services for substance abuse, housing, and employment, she did not receive any or adequate mental health services. I truly believe if she had mental health support/services I would have been reunified with her."

Family Voices United member, Amanda, shares her thoughts on mental health supports and how to better support children, youth, and families.