When Your Child is Suicidal – One Family’s Story

Cindy and Brian in their 30’s when they became parents so they thought they were ready to handle pretty much anything it brought them.

They weren’t.

In High School their son was honest with them, he was having suicidal feelings… constantly. Local professionals didn’t seem able to help. Frantic, Cindy took to sleeping at the foot of her son’s bed in case he got up in the night “and wanted to make a bad decision.”

Finally, they found a residential treatment centre that specialized in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). It was on the other side of the continent.

Thankfully their son responded well. But there was more to it. As part of the treatment, Cindy and Brian began a journey of self discovery for themselves. This is the part that really made the difference.

In this episode they share their family’s deeply personal story.


Guests: Cindy and Brian Gerdes

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder https://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.org/

Lifeboat Family Skills https://albertacorporations.com/lifeboat-family-skills-ltd



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