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When A Child's Mental Illness Affects A Family - Dr Hyken

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Family Recovery and the “Mother Bear”

As a parent, you want to fix the things that break. If the car breaks, you fix it. If the dishwasher breaks, you fix it. If a leg is broken, you fix it. But when a family member experiences emotional or mental distress, how do you “fix” that? And is it fixable?.

When a serious mental health problem occurs, parents need to have the tools to know how to respond in a productive way. Parents need to learn to accept that they may not be able to “fix” the problem, but with the right tools parents can become good supporters and assistants to the family member who’s healing, and to themselves.

Join Dr. Russell Hyken and his guest Lisbeth Riis Cooper as they discuss how a child's mental health issue impacts the family system and what parents can do to support their child when issues occur.


Lisbeth found her inner Mother Bear when her family faced mental health challenges. After struggling for many years to find compassionate and effective support for her daughter, she decided to create a community where her daughter and many others could heal and recover.