Parenting a child with mental health challenges can be challenging as well as rewarding! Having practical tools and strategies to help you and your child be successful along the way can be very helpful.
ACMH wants to help ensure that you have access to all the tools, tips and strategies you may need so we created this page to share resources that you may find useful.
As Michigan’s Statewide Family Organization we receive a lot of information about online training and resources from community partners and others and would like to use this page to share them with you.
Resources that are helpful for one child and family may not work for another so we will share any we think may be useful and you can decide what might be helpful to you.
We hope you find something that meets your needs! Be sure to check back often as we will be adding resources and information about training opportunities as we receive them.
NEW RESOURCE: 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:
January Online Learning Opportunity – Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk & Responding Effectively **This event has passed but you can still view the archived version of the webinar
Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 44,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24 both in the United States and worldwide. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can save lives.
Join experts for a workshop about adolescent suicide prevention, which will include techniques for early detection and management of young people at risk.
The event will be live streamed on January 24, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST. Please visit https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=26845&bhcp=1 to view the live event. The event will also be archived.