“PARTNERING for Help and Hope”
As we look to promote Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, May 1-6, we must remember and honor the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit, and increase our efforts to educate Vermont about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children’s mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.
Partnering with Family Run Support organizations, also called Peer Support, is a second crucial “Partnering,” as these organizations support families to improve their lives. This partnering with family organizations must be recognized as important to and requested by the families, and as a critical part of Vermont’s system of care for children and families.
Our third arm of partnering is the critical importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. This involves recognizing the importance of social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs of children, youth, and young adults, and modeling effective communication practices between families, youth, behavioral health providers, and primary care providers.