Mental Health


What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families and individuals affected by borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has historically been difficult to understand. The symptoms associated with it are a painful mix of emotional turmoil, unstable relationships, and self-destructive behavior, including suicide attempts. This article from the Child Mind […]

Emotional Disturbance

Current as of December 2017 This information in Spanish   The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. (1) We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” […]

What is ODD?

(2017) | Useful to Parent Centers, other service providers, and families who have behavioral concerns about a defiant child When parents turn to the Internet looking for answers about their child’s behavior problems, one phrase tends to jump out: oppositional defiant disorder or ODD. “The words ‘oppositional’ and ‘defiant’ show up in parents’ vocabulary fairly frequently,” […]

Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and SAMHSA just released a publication entitled Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. The Roadmap is designed to serve as a behavioral health resource for consumers and offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services. It includes definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care.

There’s also a companion guide, Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You, which explains what health coverage is and how to use it to get primary care and preventive services. The companion roadmap is available in English, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and Korean. There is also a Tribal version.

Connect with all of these resources here.

Mental Health Resources

Updated March 2017 There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking. We’ve organized the information into the following sections: If it’s a crisis… A quick-read fact sheet Be sure to […]

Resources within the Medical and Healthcare Community

Links updated, March 2017 Sobre la salud en español | Health resources in Spanish The doctor says it’s… but what is….? Are you looking for information on a health condition or perhaps trying to find health services? There are lots of medical sites out there that explain conditions in terms you don’t need to be a […]

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Hurricane Harvey has devastated huge areas of Texas. There is no way to know how much damage Harvey has done to property, businesses, and its many residents, but one of the most serious impacts will be emotional in nature. Such traumatic events can have long-lasting repercussions, especially for children.

We would like to share with you an excellent resource of information and guidance on how to help children cope with trauma: the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. At NCTSN’s website, Parent Centers, families, and service providers working with traumatized children and their families can find extensive learning and resource sections on different kinds of trauma (including natural disasters like Harvey), resources for parents and caregivers, guidance and toolkits for schools, information in Spanish, and where to turn locally to access NCTSN centers. Read more about what NCTSN offers here, and connect to vital resources for helping others to cope with trauma.

Guide to Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

(2015) | Useful to Parent Centers serving families coping with trauma. Available in multiple languages. Communities around the world have been shocked by increasingly frequent reports of violence – in Paris, Nigeria, San Bernadino, and elsewhere. These events are hard even for adults to comprehend and, sadly, we can’t shield our children from pain and fear […]

Buzz from the Hub | Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

Theme: Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth Welcome to the October 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). In this issue we spotlight addressing mental health concerns in children and youth. You can share this information with the families you serve, use it […]

Coping in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Educators

(2003) | Useful for sharing with parents and schools. This tip sheet comes from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and includes suggestions for parents and educators. The tip sheet is clearly NASP’s response to the reality that adults and children alike can be—and are—very unsettled by past and current national and world events (such […]

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