Family Peer Support Parents (also know as Family Navigators, Family Partners, Parent Partners and Family Advocates) who have worked through their own initial stages of understanding their child’s issues and are prepared to help others on their journey.
Family peer-to-peer support is the most fundamental element of the children’s behavioral health family movement and has been for more than 20 years. Families have always intuitively known that sharing information, support and advocacy with one another is a key to overcoming the challenges of raising and supporting a child with emotional, mental or behavioral disorders. Being supported by someone who has lived through a similar experience (and survived) is at the heart of this movement. Parents report over and over again,
“I thought I was the only one going through
this” and “I could not have done this without
the support of my parent partner.”
We can help:
◦promotes wellness, trust and hope
◦increases communication and informed decision making and self-determination
◦identifies and develops advocacy skills
◦increases access to community resources and the use of formal and natural supports
◦reduces the isolation that family members experience and the stigma of emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders
Parent support helps you and your family identify and access your own formal and informal support network and communityresources. Provide information about the therapists, interventions, school, clinic culture from others who have “been there, done that,” thereby encouraging families to engage in services
Decrease internalized blame.
We can assist in decreasing the feelings of stigma and blame that you may experience regarding the behavioral health problems of your child.
Increase realization of importance of selfcare for you the parents.
We can help you and your family increase your awareness of the need for self care. Let you know that YOU are not alone, and reduce the stigma, isolation, and blame that many caregivers feel.
We can help increase your ability to learn how to take action through gaining knowledge and actively engaging in your child’s services. Help you and your family to become more effective advocates for yourselves and your children
Increase feelings of self-efficacy
We can help you, a caregiver and other family members feel stronger and more positive about their skills and abilities in caring for theirchildren.
Increase acceptance and appreciation of child’s challenges and increase ability to work with both formal and informal supports
We can help you understand and care for their child and increase your ability to work in partnership with treatment providers. Help youth and families to believe that treatment can help
Sometimes you just need to talk and all it takes is a telephone call.
Some days you just can’t cope. Some days you just need to hear some reassurance that you can cope. Some days you are looking for some guidance or you just have a question that you don’t have an answer for. Pick up the phone. Yout local The Family Run Organizations of Nebraska for Children’s Mental Health Affiliate Family Organiation is just a call away. Contact your local office today
The Nebraska Family Helpline at (888) 866-8660 makes it easier for families to obtain assistance by providing a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers. The Helpline is supervised by licensed behavioral health professionals.
Family Helpline operators also can connect eligible families to the Family Navigator Service. This service helps families move through Nebraska’s child- and family-care system more efficiently to get the assistance they need. Available within 24 to 72 hours after a Helpline referral, Family Navigator helps families identify existing community-based services and provides support from people who have had personal experience in the system.
Our services are avaiable free of charge to families!