Hi friends! Occasionally, I like to share community resources that I’ve found particularly helpful. These are not MY resources. I’m not in charge of any of them. I just think some of you might find them helpful too.
Crisis Intervention Teams
If you or your child has a mental health crisis, these are the people to call. The CIT program is a partnership between police, mental health professionals, people with mental illnesses, and their families. Think of them as mental health emergency first responders. www.citinternational.org
National Parent Helpline
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.
Free Education Sites During CoronaVirus Shut Downs
Many families are stuck at home with their kids because of CoronaVirus school closings. Fortunately, there are a lot of educational websites that offer lessons, virtual field trips, worksheets and more, and you can do them all from home. Even better, many of them are offering free subscriptions due to the CoronaVirus shutdowns. The Kids Activities Blog offers a complete list.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. They also have local support groups.
Columbus Recovery Center: Teen Mental Health Guide
If you’re looking for an online guide for helping your teen with mental illness, this one is great. From their website: “According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20 percent of all teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness. This includes mood, behavior and anxiety disorders. Your teen is not alone in their struggles. You’re not alone either, and it’s important that you both always keep that in mind while exploring your treatment options.” https://www.columbusrecoverycenter.com/help-teen-with-mental-health-issues/