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Resources for Parents

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Sometimes as a parent it can be hard to know who to ask for help when you have questions about your child’s emotional well-being. Your family doctor is a good place to start. They know your child’s history and can help rule out physical issues first.

If your child is school age, your child’s school counselor can be a great resource. They can help you monitor your child’s behavior with other kids and in the classroom.

It's OK to ask for help!

It’s OK to ask for help!

There are many organizations in our area that can help answer your questions and provide you and your family with the support you need.

WHO TO ASK FOR HELP

You are not alone. Here’s who you can ask for help.

  1. Start by telling a trusted adult that knows you well.
  2. Your school’s counselor or social worker can get to know your situation and how best to help you get the resources you need.
  3. A teacher observes your responses to situations and can refer you to services.
  4. Your pastor or youth leader can guide you spiritually through the challenges of life.
  5. A coach can help you get peer support among teammates and release energy through physical activity.
  6. Check out our local resources. There are many organizations in our area that can help answer your questions and provide you with the support you need.

IT’S OK TO ASK

Our “IT’S OK TO ASK” campaign is designed to encourage children, youth, young adults and parents to talk about mental health and ask questions without fear of stigma. When we talk about mental health as a normal part of our daily lives, we give ourselves the opportunity to reach out for help and to give help.

Something bad happened to my child, what should I do?

How can I pay for my child’s mental health services?

Payment for mental health services is a complex system that depends on many variables – which can make first entering services a confusing and frustrating task at a time when families need straight answers. We hope this information can get you started.

My child keeps hitting, how can I help?

When our child hits or bites it’s easy for us as parents or caregivers to get angry and punish the child without thinking about why it happened.

My child keeps hitting, how can I help?
Something bad happened to my child, what should I do?

Something bad happened to my child, what should I do?

Children view the world differently than adults. Sometimes we may not define an event as a trauma or as life-threatening but it could still be traumatic to a child because of the child’s view of what happened.

How can I fit in without doing what everyone else does?

Your child comes home from school and says “I don’t have any friends” or “no one likes me”. When a child talks about feeling left out or not liked, it’s time to start a conversation.

How can I fit in without doing what everyone else does?
Why should I care?

Why should I care?

Raising a teenager can seem impossible. One minute they’re happy and the next minute you are in full-blown battle with them.

What can I do when no one understands?

Children turn in to young adults and they can struggle with life. They may be in their room a lot. Their behavior may seem different from how they’ve always been.

THE SOURCE YOUTH SERVICES

ONE-ON-ONE PEER MENTORSHIP

Peer mentorship offers teenagers and young adults (from 16 to 21 with mental illness or a substance use disorder) support for what they are experiencing. Mentorship includes one-on-one meetings with a mentor who has first-hand experience with system of care. Mentors provide empathy and help to identify strengths and supports in the community.

FIND A MENTOR

Peer mentorship takes place in Elkhart and is free of charge. If you are interested in being mentored, please contact Abigail Edwards at abigail.edwards@oaklawn.org or 574-349-1867.

LIFE GROUPS

The Source offers two life groups for teenagers young adults (ages 16-21) with mental illness or substance use disorder. These groups meet twice a month. One is for high school age, and the other is for those that have finished high school. They provide a safe space for youth to speak about their experiences and connect with peers that have similar stories. There will be activities that help build friendships such as picnicking in the park or game nights.

PARTICIPATE IN A GROUP

Life groups happen in Elkhart and are free of charge. If you are interested in being part of a group, please contact Abigail Edwards at abigail.edwards@oaklawn.org or 574-349-1867.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

MORE RESOURCES

There are a lot of places in your city that can help, too.
Here is a list of some community resources.

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

CONTACT US

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