Gratitude at Bradley Hospital

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“We are incredibly grateful for Bradley Hospital and for all of the clinicians and staff who work there to help children and teens who are suffering. We are just overwhelmed with the professionalism and the quality of care that we received.” – Sonig Schiller, whose daughter, Sadie, was treated at Bradley.

In 2020, during the first few months of the pandemic, Sonig Schiller’s then 11-year-old daughter, Sadie, was struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and disordered eating. And the social isolation associated with attending school remotely only worsened her symptoms.

“We were brand new to this mental health world, and it was really frightening at first,” Sonig shares.

As Sadie’s struggles with mood and body image began to increasingly affect her quality of life, her family insisted that she undergo treatment. It took months of searching for the right care before they found Bradley Hospital and quickly realized it was the best place for Sadie to heal. Her treatment included an inpatient stay and various types of outpatient therapy.

Sadie responded especially well to Bradley’s Mindful Teen Program, a six-month outpatient program that helps adolescents manage emotions and eliminate self-destructive behaviors.

During her daughter’s treatment, Sonig received help, too. She attended Bradley’s 12-week Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (PEP) Parent Therapy Group, which provides tools and support – and made a world of difference for the family.

“Parents who are challenged with children who have mental health issues really need a space – a safe and comfortable space – to share stories, advice, sadness, and happiness with other parents,” Sonig says. “This group provided that for me.”

Now 14 years old, Sadie continues to receive outpatient therapy at Bradley and is “doing great” today, Sonig says. And the family is comforted by the fact that if she ever starts to struggle again, they now know exactly where to find help and support.

“When Thomas finally got to Bradley, he spent three-and-a-half months there. And they saved him. They saved our family, quite honestly. We are totally indebted to Bradley for what they did for our family.”

Karen and Russell Raposa

Karen and Russell Raposa’s youngest child, Tommy, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Tommy, who is non-verbal, struggled with self-injury and aggressive behavior. And for years, the family found it difficult to find him the help he needed. At age 12, Tommy went through an especially rough period, which was when the family learned about the services at Bradley Hospital through a referral from a pediatrician. After Tommy was admitted into the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) inpatient program, he finally received the care and treatment needed for his symptoms to improve. After more than three months at Bradley, his care team determined it was safe for him to return home. “At the time, I think they were the only hospital in the country with an autism unit,” Karen recalls. Tommy, now 22 and living in a supportive community residence for people with autism, still has difficult days, but his quality of life has significantly improved since he was treated at Bradley Hospital. For that, the family says they are “forever grateful.”

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