A Note to Parents,
Thank you for coming to our site. You have already taken a huge step forward. You have made the decision to seek out information to help your child. Bravo!
First of all, you need to know that you are not alone. About 25% of youth, that’s 1 in 4 youth, experience a mental health challenge of some sort. There are parents all over the country and the world who are experiencing something similar to what you are experiencing. Having loved ones with mental health challenges can affect you, too. Don’t be ashamed to seek out your own professional help and, most importantly, don’t feel badly about taking care of yourself.
Having a child who is experiencing a mental health challenge or substance abuse challenge does not make you any less of a parent. You need to know this. We raise our children the best that we can and we send them out into the world. We are powerless over a lot (nearly all) that happens. Addiction is a nasty disease, and those who are actively suffering in it are often unable to see things clearly. Often, they don’t want help. Or they don’t know they have a problem. Or they don’t feel like they deserve help.
We can, however, educate ourselves about how to better help them and offer help when the time is right.
The (I’m)Possible Project wants you to know that there is help available. You do not need to be defeated by this, nor does your child. Please look below for resources:
TransYouth Family Allies: http://www.imatyfa.org/resources/parents/
TransYouth Family Allies is an online resource for family members of transgender youth. The website includes downloadable PDFs and webpages with relevant information about transgender youth.
National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: https://ncadd.org/index.php/for-parents-overview/what-to-look-for
This is the national site for all things alcoholism an drug dependent related. Learn what signs to look for in your child or student, how to talk to them in a helpful manner, and what to do if a youth you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Teen Mental Health: http://teenmentalhealth.org
Teen Mental Health has a variety of helpful resources for teens, parents, and educators.
Alateen and Al-anon: http://www.al-anon.org
Alateen and Alanon provide support groups to family members of those struggling with a substance abuse challenge.
ADDitude has support groups for parents of youth experiencing ADHD.
Parent’s Guide to your teen’s Depression: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm
NAMI CT: www.namict.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a variety of family resources including support groups. Check out their website for more detailed information.
Along with organizing the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to 1) put a face on recovery and 2) provide recovery support services, we also promote recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service. CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect.
Mental Health Association of Connecticut (MHAC): www.mhact.org
MHAC provides advocacy and education for mental health and for erasing stigma. Builds on three cornerstones for change: educating elected officials, motivating people with mental illness and their families to speak out, and creating and building consensus among coalitions for system change.