It's ok to talk about mental health with anyone! There is no shame in opening up the conversation. Get the facts about mental illness and learn tips for helping to eliminate mental health stigma and start the conversation.
Kids may have questions about a parent's mental illness, and it's importance to have a reassuring conversation that provides all the facts. Here are some helpful tips for talking with children and examples of questions they may have.
SAMHSA, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Serivces is the leading federal agency promoting Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Visit their website to view events happening around the country and to view their live webcast on May 5th, 2016.
NAMI programs provide classes for parens, caregivers, teachers, and healthcare providers on how to care for someone who is experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Video presentations, links to support groups, and advocacy opportunities are also available.
KSOC-TV is a web-based technical assistance program from SAMHSA featuring behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children's mental health.Season 3 of KSOC-TV kicked off on January 9 from the 2016 NBC-4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington, DC. Click the link above to go to their YouTube Channel and see past videos.
The special webisode, “Finding Help, Finding Hope: What to do if you think your child may have a mental health problem,” explored how parents and caregivers can actively engage in their child’s behavioral health care, as well as identify available resources that can help the entire family thrive.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide – please call the National Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK , that is 1-800-273-8255.