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Child & Adolescent Special Interest Network Session

Thursday, June 21

Darcy Gruttadaro, Director, NAMI National's Child & Adolescent Action Center, began the session discussing what resources and programs the Child & Adolescent Action Center offers NAMI leaders and families and providing an update on the projects the center is currently working on. If you would like to receive regular updates on the Child & Adolescent Action Center as well as resources on child and adolescent mental health issues, please join our e-group by contacting Dana Crudo, Program Coordinator, at Visit our website for additional information.

Below is a list of resources that were shared and discussed by NAMI Leaders during the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Network Session.

NAMI leaders were particularly interested in starting support groups for children and adolescents. Please contact Dana Crudo, Program Coordinator, NAMI National's Child & Adolescent Action Center, at for information on developing such support groups.

School-Based Mental Health Resources

Elimination of Barriers Initiative
This website includes a guide for school administrators, a teacher training package, and several other tools, all designed to help educators make mental health a part of their classrooms.

Intervention Central
Offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.

NAMI Fort Wayne Resource Guide for Educators
The “Resources for Educators” section of the NAMI Fort Wayne website contains a resource guide for educators on how to create a school environment conducive to the academic success of a child with mental illness.  It also helps teachers know what to expect of your child with mental health needs; how symptoms of your child's brain disorder may impact his or her school functioning; and how you can support your child’s education both in the classroom and at home.  

Red Flags
Red Flags is a school-based prevention program. It was developed by the Mental Health Association of Summit County and adapted for the Ohio Department of Mental Health to help students, parents and school staff members recognize and respond to signs of depression and related mental illness. The three-pronged program includes an in-service training for school personnel, a video-based curriculum for students and a seminar for parents, students and the community.

Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center)
The resource center contains manuals for educators on talking about mental illness in the classroom and how to help students with mental health disabilities.

NIMH The Science of Mental Illness Curriculum
Students gain insight into the biological basis of mental illnesses and how scientific evidence and research can help us understand its causes and lead to treatments and, ultimately, cures.

Transition-Age Issues

Helping Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Needs Transition into Adulthood
Seeking Effective Solutions: Partnerships for Youth Transition Initiative (PYT)

Reach Out!
Reach Out! is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. The aim of the service is to improve young people’s mental health and well being by providing support information and referrals in a format that appeals to young people.

Moving On: Federal Programs to Assist Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Support Groups & Educational Workshops

Child to Child
A support group that offers peer support and education for children who have a family member with mental illness. The program was developed by
NAMI DuPage, Rainbows, and National Louis University.

Hope for Tomorrow
Hope for Tomorrow is a Mental Health Education Program offered for middle schools and high schools. It brings together the combined efforts and insights of mental health professionals, educators, and other experts to help parents, teachers, students and communities understand mental illness—a crucial step to improving the lives of those affected by it.

Parent to Parent - USA
national non-profit organization committed to assuring access and quality in Parent to Parent support across the country. Parent to Parent programs provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained 'Supporting Parent.

Suicide Prevention Programs

Signs of Suicide Program
The SOS Signs of Suicide Program is a nationally recognized, easily implemented, cost-effective program of suicide prevention for secondary school students.

Columbia University TeenScreen Program
The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program for youth.

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program was created to establish traumatic loss coalitions in each of New Jersey's counties and to provide ongoing technical assistance to communities in crisis. The mission of these county-wide coalitions is to develop a coordinated response to traumatic loss events and crises affecting youth and to update those working with youth on mental health issues including suicide prevention and violence prevention.

Yellow Ribbon Program
A Suicide Prevention Program.

Additional Resources

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Anti-Bullying Campaign
A campaign to educate parents, teachers, and other adults about how to prevent and deal with bullying in schoolrooms and schoolyards.

SAMHSA Mental Illness: What a Difference a Friend Makes
A website for people living with mental illness and their friends. The site includes tools to help in the recovery process, and information about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and videos to see how friends can make all the difference.

SAMHSA's Transforming Mental Health Care in America Report
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