Our mental health initiative focuses on empowering and equipping special needs parents so that they can adapt to change and cope with challenges. Life as a special needs parent can become overwhelming. It can often lead to chronic sadness, stress, isolation and loneliness, or feelings of inadequacy. It doesn’t take away from the fact that you love your child. It doesn’t diminish your “supermom” or “superdad” status, but we are human. If you are experiencing routine or cyclical bouts of depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts — it is okay to reach out and talk to someone. Do it for you and your child, as you are a vital and valued part of the journey.
As a vital part of our mental health initiative, we seek to:
- Empower special needs parents mentally, emotionally, and physically so you can be at the best and provide the best care to your child.
- Reduce the stress and overwhelm associated with major events (education, therapy, and health) throughout your journey as a special needs parent.
- Equip special needs parents with tools to reduce mental breakdown and increase wellness and self-care practices
Not sure what you’re feeling? Take a look at some common conditions that may impact your mood.
NAMI Helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (M-F 10am – 6pm EST)
If you are in crisis or just need to talk about suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline.
Call 911 if you or a loved one are in immediate danger.