The UCC MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK'S MISSION is to reduce stigma and facilitate inclusion of people with mental health conditions and their families into the life, leadership and work of the church? Check out this link: mhn-ucc.org The UCC Mental Health Network offers tools for WISE (welcoming, inclusive, supportive, engaging) congregations to work towards reducing stigma and promoting inclusion of people with mental health conditions.
NAMI Family Support Group for Parents of Adolescents: ”New Support Group for Parents: Teen to Adult Parent Support Group (TTAPS) for parents/caregivers of adolescents and transitional age youth struggling with emotional and mental health difficulties. Meets online on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact the facilitators at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flyer for more information here.
Common Signs of a Mental Health Condition:
Navigating a mental health crisis? Emergency Mental Health Services call 978-744-1585 24/7 365 days/year located at: Suite 2150, Shetland Park Bldg. 2, 35 Congress St. Salem, MA. This is a better option than 911 if there is no imminent danger of harm, as it will avoid the trauma of a police or ER visit. For local resources go to: namimass.org--see compass helpline;
"Check out the NAMI's "Ask the Expert" for information on the following topics and more:" View here.
-Eating for Better Mental Health
-In person, Virtual, and Everything In-Between--Supporting Families and Children Returning to School
-Impact of Racism and Trauma on Black Mental Health
-How You Can Help LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
-Covid-19 and Workplace Mental Health
Discrimination and Racism in the History of Mental Health Care blog in NAMI publication:
For anyone who has had a scrape with the law due to a mental health condition, this document may be helpful:
"Road Map Through the Criminal Justice System for people with mental health symptoms in Massachusetts":
Some highlights from the NAMI Newsletter:
Tell us about your housing search here.
In Our Own Voice Virtual Monthly Presentations here.
MENTAL HEAL FIRST AID - Free certifying 8 hr. virtual training for anyone wishing to learn how to assist youth or adults in facing a mental health or substance use situation or crisis. You learn risk factors, warning signs, how to intervene, offer support strategies, and contact professionals. You do not need to be a mental health practitioner. See brochure here.
There are interesting resources on the Cambridge Health Alliance page here.
Pandemic Fatigue: a conversation about the surge in mental health conditions and the importance of seeking help. Check out this interview sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Nov. 2020--A New Website to Help Families Support their Children's Mental Health: The Office of the Child Advocate, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Mental Health are proud to announce that HandholdMA.org, a new website for families who are worried about their child's mental health, has just launched. COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. Many families are worried about their child’s mental health, but they aren’t sure where to turn or how to get started. HandholdMA.org can help. The website, created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have “been there,” was designed for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts, and is available in six languages. Handhold has three main sections: Should I worry? Helps parents explore if their kid is just being a kid, or if their behavior is something to worry about. Parents can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next. What can I do? Tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families, sorted by topic, and picked by Handhold. These are things parents can learn about or do from home. Who can help? Carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.
The Link Between Social Media & Mental Health
Dr. Lisa Coyne discusses the impact of social media on our mental health, shares how to set ground rules for digital consumption for you and your loved ones, and answers questions about loosening the grasp social media has on so many of us. Resources included are: The Social Dilemma,...OCD Gamechangers,....Made of Millions,....The Mighty,....Patients Like Me Link here
Parents of teenagers, check out Dr. Delaney Ruston's website about 'Screenagers' here reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Similarly: check out the following documentary:
The Social Dilemma- a documentary on Netflix :https://Netflix.com/thesocialdilemma
MGH's psychiatry department has many free online resources for families coping with mental health issues available here including this recent webinar: "Maintaining Emotional Wellness Through Telemental Health and Community Support During Covid-19" Nov. 24, 2020 here.
Also check out the MGH Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systemic Research Newsletter: the fall quarterly covers a lot of info on coping with covid-19 here. and if you'd like to subscribe, it's free here.
This information is attributed by the social justice committee of the Board of Mission and Outreach and/or regarding any questions, contact Jackie Cassiday at