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Mother in depression

Six large, heavy tears. A father and mother and four children.
“I’m not requesting support.”
The man’s voice trembled as he spoke. The secretary at the office handling requests for assistance cringed in her seat. It was obvious that the caller was on the verge of tears. He sounded intelligent and professional.
“I work as a practitioner of alternative medicine,” he related. “Baruch Hashem, I’m doing quite well. I have a respectably large customer base.  I mean, I have work. But I have a problem and everything’s getting knotted up into one big tangle.”
The secretary asked him to start at the beginning and speak slowly and clearly.
They have four children. Their children used to be well cared for and well-dressed, down to the latest accessories. But everything changed when the youngest child was born. The mother fell into a deep depression – so deep that her life was in danger. His Rav told him he had to stay home with her. Most days, he doesn’t even go daven with a minyan. His source of parnassah, obviously, dried up.
“All I’m asking for is money to buy my wife the medication she needs,” he whispered in humiliation. “Otherwise I’m afraid I’m going to lose my sanity, too.” “Maybe, if she gets better, I’ll be able to go back to work, at least part of the time. Maybe there’ll be food in the house. Maybe she’ll feel better if things get back to normal. But more than anything else, she needs medication.”
The secretary’s eyes filled with tears. Here was a successful man, a doctor, a husband and a father of four children…
And no one “on the outside” had any idea what he was contending with!
Kupat Ha’ir wanted to approve his request to purchase medication. But medication was not the path to salvation. His wife needed proper, supportive treatment in order to become a good mother to her children once again. She needed assistance to make things easier for her. The family needed help crossing this difficult period in their lives.
For the price of  “a little bit here” and “a little bit there,” the children will get their mother back again.
How can we not do this for them?
 
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