National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 24 hours a day 7 days a week: Call or Text 988
Crisis Hotline – 24/7 text line for people in crisis: Text HOME to 741741
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
Any person. Any diagnosis. Anywhere.
Parents and caregivers of children with rare diseases and special health needs experience considerable strain and stress when caring for their children. Additionally, siblings have a similar burden because parents might spend more time with their child with a disability. The enormous burden of caregiving can decrease a parent’s ability to provide care, impacting the child’s health, the parents, siblings, and the overall functioning family. To manage these challenges, parents report the need for mental health care for themselves and their children, but many families go without these services. Understanding barriers to mental health care for families with rare diseases and special health needs is critical to developing practical mental health solutions.
The E.WE Foundation is committed to normalizing mental health and providing mental health support to families living with rare diseases, like Edwards Syndrome, medical complexities, and special health care needs.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
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The E.WE Foundation is proud to host Youth Mental Health First Aid USA, an 8-hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. YMHFA builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or who might be experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Learn more and register for an upcoming training class!
MENTAL HEALTH IN ACTION
The E.WE Foundation, with several other community partners, joined Madison City Schools and Madison City Council of PTAs for several community-wide mental health events. Mental Health Matters is an ongoing initiative to understand mental health concerns in young people and their families.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS?
Consult your doctor! Describe what concerns you and ask for recommendations. They may provide a referral for a Mental Health Professional. Additional resources may be available through your employer. Some employers offer mental health services through employee assistance programs (EAP). Speak with your human resources team.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, consult their doctor or pediatrician. Describe what concerns you and ask for recommendations. Contact key people at your child’s school. The School Counselor is a great resource to start if you aren’t sure. Teachers can also provide insight about any changes or concerns in your child’s behavior.
The E.WE Foundation – ZEBRA Program
The Enrichment Center – School-based mental health counseling program
National Children’s Advocacy Center – Trauma services and support, parenting classes, and advocacy
The Caring House – Grief support services
Crisis Services of North Alabama and SPEAK of North Alabama Suicide. Prevention. Empowerment. Awareness. Knowledge.
Wellstone/NOVA Center for Youth and Family – Mental health screenings and treatment resources
United Way of North Alabama – DIAL 2-1-1 from your phone or search the online database to get help with non-emergency needs
NAMI of Huntsville – List of area mental health providers, education and community support
Partnership for a Drug Free Community
MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE RESOURCES:
- National PTA Healthy Minds: Prioritizing Mental Health
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Mentalhealth.gov – For Parents & Caregivers
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mental Health America
- Child Mind Institute Resources for Families
- Military Child Resources for mental health
- Not One More Alabama
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES:
- The Jason Foundation – Information on youth suicide
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention – Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama
Source: Madison City Schools www.madisoncity.k12.al.us | National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov/mymentalhealth | Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention, Children’s Trust Fund www.ctfal.gov/digital-safety