Navigating the School System to Attain Help for Your Child - Dr. Susan Buttross gives a step-by-step guide for parents and guardians looking to receive help through the school system for their child. She breaks down the laws that protect children, and gives advice on what questions and items to have prepared when going through the process.
Find Help - National Institute of Mental Health - Finding help can be difficult; it's not always clear where you should start looking. The National Institute of Mental Health has put together several resources to assist with getting health, including information on emergency services, where to find providers, and more information on mental health.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit focused on educating on and advocating for mental health care. Through various public awareness events, NAMI seeks to education the general public on the importance of mental health care, as well as help individuals in need of help find the resources they need. NAMI organizes many community-based programs to help people recieve the care they need, specifically through group therapy/counseling and other similar resources. NAMI Mississippi is the state branch, where you can go to find out more about their various programs throughout the state.
Families As Allies is an organiztion run by families of children with emotional and behavior challenges for families of children with these same challenges. As a state chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, the organization finds support from various national and local grants and organizations. They provide a variety of support resources for families.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
The following reports provide statistical information on the state of mental illness in America and in Mississippi, specifically.
Children's Mental Health - Summary of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing a variety of statistics on children aged 3-17. Notable statistics include:
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What It Means for Schools - A report from the CDC providing a comprehensive look at the risk factors of suicide in school-aged children, and how bullying is related. This report includes various action items based on research, including:
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study - The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.
Over 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in The Study. Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides access to the peer-reviewed publications resulting from The ACE Study.
Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect - A fact sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, summarizing various research papers and studies to present a comprehensive look at how child abuse and neglect affect children.
Spending Money in All the Wrong Places: Jails & Prisons - A fact sheet from NAMI outlining what is known about mentally ill prisoners and how the prison system is affected by the overwhelming number of inmates who suffer from mental illness. Notable facts include:
Understanding Sucide - A comprehensive fact sheet from the CDC focused on what we know about suicide, suicide prevention, and risk factors. As noted in the report, suicide is a significant problem in the US:
Publications About Children and Adolescents - National Institute of Mental Health - Find a variety of information about different diagnoses and mental health, including what questions you may want to ask your doctor if your child is diagnosed with ADHD, detailed information on bipolar disorder in children and teens, and how community members can help with children's mental healthcare.
Fact Sheet about Pediatrict Autoimmune Psychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections - A rare side-effect of a strep infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever) is the sudden onset of obsessive compulsive disorder and/or tic disorders. Often, symptoms appear out of the blue, and can include obsessions, irritability, anxiety attacks, and compulsions. Also known as PANDAS, there is a large body of research surrounding this specific diagnosis. The National Institute of Mental Health has organized this information for parents into a fact sheet.