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.
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
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.
Introduction by Maryland Pao, M.D., Clinical Director, National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
Keynote by David A. Brent, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, What Do I Do Now? A Clinician’s Guide to the Assessment and Management of Youth at Imminent Risk for Suicidal Behavior
Attendees at this talk with learn about how to assess for imminent suicidal risk, develop a safety plan, and about strategies for reduction in risk that cut across clinical settings, are setting-specific, and have some empirical support. Finally, we conclude with four possible approaches to clinical assessment of suicidal risk that could improve our performance in prediction and intervention over the current standard.
Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D., NIMH, The Neurobiology of Suicide Attendees of this talk will learn strategies for working with suicidal patients, particularly within psychiatric inpatient settings. Ethical concerns when conducting research with suicidal individuals will also be highlighted. Lastly, recent findings on acute risk factors for suicidal thoughts, including sleep, will be presented.
Other speakers include:
Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, NIMH, Screening for Suicide Risk in the Medical Setting
Anne Moss Rogers, Beacon Tree Foundation, Turning Pain into Purpose – Finding hope after losing my son
Argyris Stringaris, MD, PhD, MRCPsych, NIMH