Want to know how other parents are surviving?
Join PCLG’s Parent Support Group ONLINE.
Meeting: Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00pm
This support group offers a safe place where you can share the ups and downs of parenting a child with mental health challenges – Connection and support is especially important in these challenging times!
Here’s how to participate:
- Topic: Parent Catalyst Leadership Group
- Time: Apr 2, 2020 07:00-8:00 PM Central Time
- Join Zoom Meeting
- https://zoom.us/j/198376991 (Cut and paste the link into your web browser, you do NOT need the app to join the meeting but you do need to approve the “launching” of the meeting.)
- Meeting ID: 198 376 991
- One tap mobile for cell phone or tablet use:
- +13126266799,,198376991# US (Chicago)
- If you computer doesn’t have audio, call the number below:
- +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
- Meeting ID: 198 376 991
Can’t make this date/time? Join our 24/7 private support group on Facebook and let us know what works best for you! Hennepin County PCLG Support Group
Posted in Advocacy and Support, Children's Mental Health, Crisis Management, Support for Families, Warning Signs
Tagged children, families, getting help, mental illness, mental-health, Parenting, Parents, Seeking help, stress, support, taking care of yourself, teens, young children, youth
PCLG is excited to announce our first WRAP for Parents and Caregivers!
“WRAP has helped me find my own value and peace as a person, not just a parent.” –LV
PCLG will be hosting Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training for parents and caregivers. This two-day training includes peer support and a safe environment with the focus on YOU. We will explore new ways of looking at care-giving and share challenges and coping strategies. Participants will be able to identify helpful resources and return home with a toolkit to guide them through tough moments.
Free for parents & caregivers of children with mental illness in Hennepin County.
- November 17 and 18th
- 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday
- Lunds & Byerly’s Community Room
- 3777 Park Center Blvd, St. Louis Park
Limited space available. Course materials and lunch will be provided.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday, November 11, 2017
- 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Creekview Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room
- 5001 Humboldt Avenue North, Minneapolis
Are you raising a child who faces mental health challenges? We want to hear from you! Join the Center for Africans Now in America (CANA) and Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) for a chance to connect and converse over coffee and refreshments. All are welcome!
We will talk about interacting with your child’s school, working with health providers, and accessing services through the county. What are the special challenges facing families new to our region?
- Free, but we ask you to RSVP.
- Interpreter will be provided.
- Children are welcome, but please let us know how many and what ages.
For more information, contact:
- Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG)
- Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
- CANA, Center for Africans Now in America, Inc.
- Health Care Clinic
- 763-703-5506/ 952-356-2953
Posted in Advocacy and Support, Children's Mental Health, Education, Stress on family, Support for Families
Tagged adolescents, children, families, family stress, getting help, mental illness, mental-health, Parents, Seeking help, support, taking care of yourself, teens, youth
We want to hear from you! Join PCLG Parents next month for coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Learn about the opportunities for advocacy, connections, and training available to parents who choose to become PCLG catalysts. Bring your questions about interacting with your child’s school, finding providers, or accessing services through the county. We especially want to hear from parents of preschool and grade school children, but all are welcome!
- Saturday, August 12, 2017
- 10 – 11:30 am
- Augsburg Park Library Meeting Room (NOTE: New location!)
- 7100 Nicollet Ave, RichfieldFree, but please RSVP. Children are welcome, but please let us know ages and how many to expect!
Posted in Advocacy and Support, Children's Mental Health
Tagged adolescents, advocacy, children, getting help, mental-health, Parenting, Parents, Seeking help, support, teens, young children, youth
We saw some familiar faces in this MACMH video and just had to share it. Congratulations to Brian and Talia for all their excellent work on the MACMH Youth Advisory Council.
Brian and Talia share their thoughts in this Youth M.O.V.E. Advisory Council Legacy of Change video from the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)
NEWS FLASH: My teenager is driving me crazy!
OK. I pretty much hear that all the time from my friends. I have two teens right now, and life is often like an exhausting roller coaster ride. They are “coming in to their own” and asserting their independence, but they also need guidance. I find myself in a precarious balancing act between letting them learn through experience, but also keeping them safe. And when I see troubling behavior, I often feel at a loss as to what to do. Do I dismiss it as a normal part of adolescence or is it a warning sign that something is very wrong?
Often, troubling behaviors are a question of degree. For example, many teenagers experience stress, but then bounce back quickly. The question you should ask yourself is, “Does the stress interfere with my child’s daily living and functioning?”
As a general guide, I’ve listed below some “normal” and “not normal” behaviors. I’ve borrowed heavily from the folks at the American Psychological Association to give it more authoritative heft.
But the most important thing of all is that you talk to your child and keep lines of conversation open. This means you need to do MUCH more listening than talking. If you have a nagging feeling that something is really not right with your child, please seek out professional help. You are not alone.
NORMAL FOR TEENS
NOT NORMAL FOR TEENS
|Arguing for the sake of arguing
||Being overly aggressive or violent; Abandoning long-time friendships;
|Jumping to conclusions
||Thinking everyone is judging them negatively; Not trusting anyone
||Becoming isolated; Not wanting to leave one’s room; Having very low self-esteem
|Finding faults with adults
||Being openly hostile to adults on consistent basis; Being unremittingly defiant
|Being overly dramatic
||Displaying overly fearful reactions; Crying excessively; Injuring self;
|Having mood swings
||Having “up” or “down” moods that last for several week; Experiencing a dramatic personality change; Dropping activities that used to be fun; Declining school performance
||Having so much fear or anxiety that it interferes with daily living; Having lots of physical complaints like stomach aches, joint pain, headaches or dizziness, problems with sleeping, and feeling fatigued;
||Committing crimes; Abusing drugs or alcohol; Endangering self or others; Being promiscuous;