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Brother with depression taking drugs

Posted by Lisa Jane x on 22 December 2014.

I'm 15 years old and my brother suffers with depression. It's been on going for around 3 years and in all honesty it's made my life very difficult. He has attempted suicide twice before. Over the past few months he has decided to start taking cannabis, and smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. I worry a lot about the drugs being kept in the house and I worry about this turning his depression even worse than before. This is really starting to effect me in school, not concentrating, i just worry all the time, my mum works long hours so I feel I should take on the responsibility to worry when she's not around.
I thought I would share my story because it feels nice to let it out about how I'm feeling, and I hope this helps anyone that's in a similar situation like mine, so they know they're not the only one going through this, because that's how I feel at the moment. 

Lisa X


22 Dec 2014

Hi Lisa Jane you are far to young to have to deal with this situation , I'm an adult and find it horrendous at times you need to get some support for yourself . Is there a teacher at school you can talk to ? Or maybe childline maybe able to help find you some support ..its anonymous so please give them a call . Your mom is probably struggling as well and needs help . Please speak to someone and soon you can't deal with this alone it's too big for you sweetheart . Take care of yourself xxxx

Icarus Trust
3 Jan 2015

Hi Lisa Jane,
I'm really sorry to hear what a horrible situation you are having to deal with.
You are definitely not the only one going through this and it sounds like you could do with some support for yourself. 
The Icarus Trust is a charity who support people who are having to cope with addiction in their family. We have trained volunteers called 'Family Friends'. If you contact us we would put you in touch with one of these who would be able to talk to you and may be able to help because they have also experienced similar situations. You are so right when you say that its good to be able to let out how you are feeling. They can also signpost you to other help that's out there.
You can contact us on or visit the website
This is a free service and I really hope that you will contact us.
Good luck with everything.

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