Share Your Story ... Inspire Others!Share Your Story
Photo Credit: Daniel LaFlor/istock
Family Support Center
Learn to Support a Family Member in Need
A strong family is there to support each member through tough times, but families can be challenged during all stages of its growth. How should I come out to my family? How should I confront a family member about their addiction? We value our families, and want these relationships to remain harmonious. TSC's specially designed guides to family and support are here to help you cope with any family struggles you may be facing.
One of the toughest decisions many gay and lesbian people face over the course of their entire lives is making their sexual identity known to their parents, family and friends. Most gay and lesbian people know from a very early age that they do not fall within gender stereotypes and their ideas of what is attractive in a mate are not in line with what many expect. When a son, daughter, sibling or friend chooses to tell you that they are gay or lesbian, they are telling you something they do not feel they have to hide anymore. Start Your Journey
Raising a child is a daunting task to begin with -- and doing it on your own can prove to be even more difficult. Fulfilling the roles of two parents means being sympathetic and tough at the same time and often leads to stress. Raising a child on your own can be caused by a myriad of factors. Parents are often left to do the job of rasing a child alone because of a divorce or death of a spouse. Other times, a child's parent may have left the family, or entered the prison system. Whatever your personal situation is, this guide to understanding single parenting can help. Start Your Journey
When a child or family member runs away from home this can be devastating. According to the Child Welfare League of America, runaways are under the age of 18 and have been away from home for at least one night without the permission of parents, guardians or other custodial authorities. Talking to your child or teen about why they want to runaway is key in preventing runaways. But if your child ran away, law enforcement and other support services can help parents contact their runaway children. If you or someone you love is dealing with a runaway situation, this Survivors Club guide can help you cope with the difficult situation. Start Your Journey
Drug and substance abuse problems and addiction can affect people from every walk of life. It is important to know that you are not alone and that you can take action and get help for your loved ones with a problem. Going through an intervention is a difficult process for both the friends and family as well as the addict. To help you have a successful intervention, find a qualified interventionist to help you through the process. An interventionist can help families identify who should be included in the intervention, develop education and treatment plans, develop an intervention plan and schedule, and then execute the plans. If you or a loved one is involved with an intervention, The Survivors Club is here to help you. Start Your Journey
Moving can be a traumatic event in a persons life, and likely more so to children. Children may view moving as a loss and upheaval in their routine. Moving is a stressful experience for families. It opens new doors and creates new feelings and anxieties. To help with feelings, include all family members in decision-making and help them feel less alone and isolated. Everyone is moving together, after all. If you and your family are moving, this guide from the Survivors Club can help. Start Your Journey
Are You Surviving and Thriving?