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13 Nov 2014

Online forums are a lifeline for isolated parents of disabled children


The survey of more than 1,500 parents, found that almost half (47%) have visited their GP due to anxiety, with 57% then being prescribed antidepressants. The findings paint a stark picture of the emotional toll of a lack of support. Two thirds of parents (69%) said they’d had problems accessing local services over the past year, while 90% expressed concerns about cuts.

Many parents spoke of feeling isolated, and said that emotional support, such as support groups or counselling services should be more widely available. Three in five (60%) parents said that talking to other parents with disabled children was an invaluable source of support.

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