Margarita’s Story


Margarita’s #GivingTuesday Story About the Mental Health Association in New Jersey

Though this great agency, peers and staff have provided me with support and advice during difficult times. I’m grateful and indebted to a woman who helped me when my daughter moved home after 11 years of hospitalizations and institutions.   It was a tough decision to bring her home and an adjustment once she arrived.  With help from a family advocate, I learned to communicate with less conflict.   By nature I’m a loud, forthright type of person, but that turned out to be a trigger for my daughter.  I’m more soft-spoken now – I’m aware of body language, facial expressions, and her perception– which helps keep my daughter stable.    I also have gotten better at allowing my daughter to express how she feels.  It takes patience, endurance and faith, but she’s been home a year now.

Recently I’ve been attending Wednesday Depression Group for my issues.  One of my other children revealed that he is transgender.   Members of the group have been so understanding.  The positive energy and joyful people who lead and attend meetings – it’s exactly what I need.

The Mental Health Association has been a part of my journey.  I’m so thankful to have had this partner along the way.  

Funding for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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