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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES OF
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

NAMI-Yolo does not necessarily endorse the organizations and groups listed below. This information is offered as a convenience for the local mental health community. .

  • NAMI Child and Adolescent Center
    NAMI’s Child & Adolescent Action Center focuses on mental health systems’ reform that promises to improve the lives of children and adolescents with mental illnesses and their families. This is a powerful online resource providing multiple ways to help your child, including:
     
  • The Balanced Mind Foundation
    The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.  Founded in 1999 as the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation by parents seeking answers and treatment for their children, they founded an online community, launched a pioneering website, and enlisted the guidance of leading psychiatric researchers and clinicians. A valuable resource an line of support for families seeking information and help for their child.

    Board member Garen Staglin, owner of Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, and the father of a son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia while attending Dartmouth College offers the following guidelines for parents:

    • Unconditional love
    • Compliance is mandatory, because without medications, our children won’t get well
    • Patience—there is no magic pill
    • No guilt or blame—nobody did anything wrong
    • Take care of yourself
    • Don’t be satisfied with ok. Our children deserve full, rich lives.
    • Provide structure
    • Encourage social involvement, don’t allow isolation
    • Have hope! Research is promising and cures are possible.
     
  • Effective Child Therapy
    Offers as a completely free service based on Evidence Based Practices to families and mental health professionals to help ensure that children and adolescents benefit from the most up-to-date information about mental health psychosocial interventions.