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A message from our founder

A message from our founder

On a Monday morning in September of 2017, our son, who had just 3 weeks earlier started his freshman year of college, bravely reached out for help for the anxiety and depression he had been dealing with in silence. My heart broke as I realized the magnitude of the...
The sting of social media

The sting of social media

I often think how lucky I am to have grown up without the added stress of social media in my teenage years. I honestly can’t even imagine the negative impact that would have had on an already fragile psyche. I was so insecure about my appearance, fitting in, about my...
Words from our community

Words from our community

Interacting with a family who has lost a loved one to death by suicide; advice from a grieving family. Approaching a loss survivor of suicide can be a difficult and awkward thing.  Grief affects everyone differently so there is no “right” way to approach a...
My big ideas

My big ideas

I have been meaning to write this blog post for a while but the days just seem to get away from me. APTH has become such an important source of information to so many, which means a lot of time and attention on my part. Never have I had such dedication and drive for a...
What 9/11 means to us

What 9/11 means to us

911 for me…. The meaning and significance of September 11th changed dramatically for our family in 2018. That is the day we received a text that will forever be etched in my memory: “I am tired of life.” Those five words sparked a 2 year-long journey of...
Parenting 2.0

Parenting 2.0

As the summer winds down and school is about to start, I pray this year that the decisions we have made with our children are the right ones. Let me explain. Since starting A Path To Hope, our approach to parenting has changed. The small things we used to worry about...

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

I created APTH 4 years ago for one simple reason – I WAS MAD!! I was angry at a system that was so incredibly difficult to navigate, angry at the perceptions people placed on those struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health disorder. I was angry at the insurance companies for neglecting to cover basic care without a fight.

I was angry at the exorbitant fees providers charge (because they can) that basically prohibited many from access to quality care. I was angry at myself for not being educated in the basic signs and symptoms to look for in my own child, mad at my own bias and belief that “ it will just go away”, angry that I didn’t know what to do and how to “fix it” ( yes, I know now that I could not “fix” or make it better on my own but boy was I ticked off at myself).

I had to make a change for our community, I had to be heard and allow people to learn from our experience. I had to “do something”. My intension was for APTH to be a starting point, a time saver, a jump start to help. Knowledge IS power and working through the process to learn and understand the system is crucial for success.

Please take the time to look through the website, read the blogs, do your research. Many intake specialists will help connect you to other options if the one you are calling about is not a good fit; that is their JOB, their responsibility.

APTH is a 100% volunteer operation with an incredible, but very small, group of folks who “have been there”. We have an abundance of resources in our Center for Hope (347 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA between Target and Buckman’s Ski Shop). Come in, look through the brochures, find options for your loved ones, use our private space to make appointments or intake calls. That is what the space is for…. YOU…. Your path to hope. We can walk with you but cannot walk for you.

We are taking the month of July off to reorganize, refresh, and recuperate from a spring full of activities. Our website is available, our Facebook pages are active, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Thank you for all your support and we will see you refreshed in August!

Holly O’Connell, Founder