ACMH is dedicated to sharing resources of interest for families and community partners across Michigan. We will be utilizing this blog space to share a variety of new resources we have found. Check back often for new information and be sure to let us know if you cannot find what you are looking for!
New Resources March 2019
Child Mind Institute’s Parents Guide to Getting Good Care
When your child is struggling, or their behavior worries you, it can be hard to know whether you need to reach out to a professional. And if you do seek help, what kind of professional is right for your child? Child Mind Institute believes that the more parents know about what each kind of mental health specialist has to offer, the more likely they will be able to find appropriate and effective care for their children. This guide will walk you through the steps to find the best professional (or team) to treat your child, and things to look for and questions to ask along the way.
The Youth Mental Health Project
The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots organization whose primary purpose is to educate, empower, and support families and communities so they will have knowledge, skills, and resources they need to support the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health of youth. Visit their website to learn more by clicking here.
Youth Mental Health Project Resources:
New Resource February 2019
Child Mind Institute’s Parents Guide to Co-Occurring Disorders.
Are you concerned that your teen with mental health challenges may also have a substance use issue? This guide can help- check it our today!
New Resource January 2019
Understood.org shares information about Accommodations At School including what they are and how they can help. Click here to check out this new resources and others offered at Understood.org.
New Resource October 2018
To learn more about the Ruth Ellis Center or the Family Acceptance Project check out the links below:
Ruth Ellis Center – www.ruthelliscenter.org/
SAMHSA releasesAfter an Attempt– A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member after Treatment in the Emergency Department This pamphlet is not specifically targeted at parents but has a lot of useful information for families. You can download the guide here: After An Attempt- A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member after Treatment in the Emergency Department
The Michigan Department of Education recently released a series of Family Matters Fact Sheets which provides parents and families with information about special education and other resources.
Fact Sheets are available in English, Arabic and Spanish and topics include: Procedural Safeguards; The Special Education Process; Educational Placement and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE); Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE); Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and Seclusion and Restraint.
You can link to MDE’s Family Matters Page by clicking here and download the fact sheets today!
March 2018 Featured Resource: Understood.org was created by 15 nonprofit organizations who joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. Understood believes that with the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.
Understood.org’s goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues, by helping to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. They have many great resources on their site including a Parent Toolkit that includes a Decision Guide to help you make educational decisions, information about learning and attention issues, a School and Learning section with information about partnering with your school, a You and Your Family section with information about self-care, managing everyday challenges and support for siblings and much more. Be sure to check them out today!
Michigan Alliance for Families February Newsletter has information about Accommodations and Modifications at school and upcoming free training opportunities across Michigan click here to view it now.
SAMHSA Family Educational Materials The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration created the following materials to help caregivers and youth learn about symptoms of various mental health disorders, treatment options, and support services. The materials were developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. Youth and family leaders from around the country provided crucial input and feedback in the development process. The educational materials provide the latest scientific information about symptoms and a range of treatment options, as well as peer support groups and services. Download the Caregiver Educational Materials Today by clicking the links below:
Anxiety Disorder SMA16-5009 Anxiety
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) SMA16-5011 ADHD
Bipolar Disorder SMA16-5007 Bipolar
Depression SMA16-5003 Depression
First-Episode Psychosis SMA16-5005 First Episode Psychosis
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Recently shared the following resource in their January 2018 newsletter Federation on the Move:
2018 Goals Calendar- Students with executive functioning issues often have a hard time starting tasks and completing them. That can make achieving personal goals difficult. Your child might get the idea of the goal, but not clearly see or keep in mind what steps are needed to accomplish it. These printable 2018 calendar sheets may help him stay on track with common goals like getting to school on time or cleaning up his room. In addition to the calendar sheets, there are 14 goals you can download, print and cut out. Each one comes with a list of steps your child can follow to get the job done. (You and your child can also create your own goals and steps.) Together, decide which goal your child might tackle each month. Attach the goals and steps to the space on the right side of the calendar page, and have them hang it wherever it will help the most—in their room, in the kitchen or by the door. They can check off the days or weeks that they have hit the goal so you all can see the progress. Download the 2018 Goals Calendar here: 2018 Goals Calendar A Printable Planner for Tweens With Executive Functioning Issues
To learn more about the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health or to sign up for their newsletter you can visit their website at www.ffcmh.org.
Free Resources & an Online Learning Opportunity shared by the National Institute of Mental Health: