I wonder if it’s dark and lonely in that other place …’ Gemma watches her dad as he sits alone in his tangled garden. She doesn’t understand why he seems so sad. Can she help her dad find his way home?
One in five people will suffer a depressive illness in their lifetime. The causes are many and there are several different kinds of treatment which may depend on the cause or type of depression experienced. For those who suffer from depression, the illness also affects their families. It is often difficult for children in particular to understand why a depressed parent may be sad and distant. In Coming Home, no cause is given for the depression experienced by Gemma’s dad. For those experiencing depression, what is important for their recovery is support.