THERE was a point in Kerry’s life she felt so alone she didn’t know where to turn.
Her son was addicted to ice, living under her roof sporadically, but she was the one desperately searching for light in the darkest time of her life.
Between juggling suicidal thoughts and her child, Kerry was lost.
She believes having support from Rosemary and parents or carers in similar situations saved her life.
‘‘It has been a lifesaver, no question’’ she said.
‘‘It got me through some really dark patches and just made me feel that I’m not alone.
‘‘I can go and talk to someone and not feel judged.
‘‘Even if it’s just ‘Hello, how are you’?’’
At one stage Kerry said her son threatened her if she didn’t give him money.
So of course she would give him money and of course he would spend it on drugs.
Eventually she was forced to kick him out.
‘‘He was doing things he didn’t remember doing the next day,’’ Kerry said.
Kerry said she had been struggling for a ‘‘long, long time’’.
‘‘I was seeing a counsellor and she told me about the support service,’’ she said.
‘‘I just wish I had known about it when it happened because it would have saved me a lot of heartache.
‘‘To be honest, if Rose hadn’t of been there for me, I don’t know what I would have done.’’
When Kerry found the support group everything changed.
She said there was no judgement from anyone at the fortnightly meetings.
‘‘Sometimes I have a break from the service but I always find myself going back,’’ she said.
‘‘You might say or do something when something happens, and they might do it differently but it doesn’t matter.’’
Today Kerry is not alone.
‘‘If I need someone I know someone will be there,’’ she said.
* Kerry’s name has been changed to protect her identity.