Parent Support Network
The Parent Support Network is a peer-to-peer meeting for parents/caregivers who are concerned about their kids' struggles with anxiety, depression or emotional dysregulation and are seeking the practical knowledge, support, and resources they need to nurture their children's mental health. NAMI Mercer hosts this group in partnership with The Youth Mental Health Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the mental fitness of young people. The goal of the Parent Support Network is to provide parents and caregivers with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and education in their local communities to improve outcomes for our children’s mental wellbeing.
Parent Support Network benefits include:
- inspiring genuine conversation about each family’s experiences
- engaging parents in self-reflection and critical thinking
- providing parents with a supportive community and shared resources
- giving parents useful language and practical strategies to strengthen their parenting skills
- empowering parents to bring knowledge back to the community
- reducing the blame, shame, misunderstanding, and silence that exists in our current parenting paradigm
- increasing early intervention strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of youth mental health disorders.
Members of our parent support group feel connected as they engage in transformative dialogue, learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental health challenges, identify local resources, gain confidence in advocating on behalf of their children, and lend support to one another along the journey.