Back to school

I just sent my child off to college with a huge sense of mixed feelings: Pride, Sorrow, Relief, Fear, Hope, and Grief. It’s so difficult to let your child, who you’ve seen or at least spoken to every single day of his life, go.

And then the bills start piling in. College is expensive. Just yesterday he texted me with another expense. Our family is making ends meet because we were able to save throughout his childhood just for this time in his life. But always my thoughts go to the families who have been hit with unexpected expenses due to psychiatric care. Nobody looks at their tiny baby and thinks, “I’d better save up just in case there is a psychiatric disorder or chemical dependency of some kind.”   No, it hits families suddenly and unexpectedly.

Did you know that psychiatric hospitals are filled with kids who suffer from depression? Fortunately, the JC Runyon Foundation has the resources to be able to help families whose resources have been diminished due to in-patient psychiatric treatment. There are kids who have worked harder than most to recover from either a depressive episode, suicide attempt, chemical dependency, or another behavioral health issue. They will be accepted to a college or university this year, but may not qualify for a traditional scholarship because of the “holes” in the transcript. It’s a competitive market. We understand. We have funds to help pay for college.

Look at our website or email me for information on how to apply.

Have a great school year and keep us in mind! If you’re ready to do the work, we’re ready to help!

Niki Shaheen

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