We are not a mental health organization. M.I.understanding ( mental illness understanding) is a communication tool designed to educate families and connect them to the resources available to support children who are experiencing mental health issues. Our Videos are designed to start a conversation. Watch as a group, as a family, or send to a friend. Early intervention is the key. Through storytelling, M.I.understanding’s goal is to help build empathy, understanding, and resiliency. Let’s start a conversation that makes everyone feel supported.
M.I. understanding (mental illness understanding) is looking to change the way we think about mental health in kids. 70% of childhood mental health can be treated if caught early and yet most families are embarrassed or unaware their child needs help. Many kids suffering with mental health issues are labeled as naughty or difficult. Empathy and understanding will go a long way to helping these children develop the tools they need to deal with mental health issues as teenagers.
This project consists of a series of videos along with accompanying resources on a website channel dedicated specifically to childhood mental health. The concept is endorsed by Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program) as well as the Thames Valley District School Board (Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee).
Thank you to Angus Puppets for bringing Emmet and Gulliver to life!
M.I understanding is taking their philosophy of everyone working together to support families by Creating Communities of Support
The idea of this event is to provide parents with basic information on some common areas where children struggle; bedtime, setting limits, separation anxiety, managing worries. Different stations with general information, tips and tricks from parents and experts as well as resources will provide families with a starting point to overcoming common challenges.
Parents, teachers, and professionals will be on hand to provide real life resources. Some challenges are not solved overnight. Teaching a child to cope often takes time and patience. Talking with parents who have been there and getting support from teachers and professionals can give parents the courage to keep trying.
Little children have little problems, but teaching them to cope, supporting them and providing them with the tools they need to overcome these challenges will help them when they encounter bigger problems as they get older.
A lot of parents feel these little challenges are a result of bad parenting, so they suffer in silence or try and fix them on their own. There is strength in numbers. Reaching out for support, working with teachers, talking with other parents who have been there can provide families with the resources they need.
Creating a community of support where families, schools, communities and professionals work together helps build resiliency in our families.
The P.I.P.E program helps parents create effective school partnerships to best support their child. We do this by providing real experience advice and support ( facilitating/mentoring ) to help parents strengthen their relationship with their child’s school, increasing their understanding of their child’s needs and building their confidence as an advocate.
M.I.understanding Parent Support Program can help by:
M.I.understanding parenting support program can help families work collaboratively with their child’s school and teacher.
Nutrition plays a critical role in learning, memory, mood and behavior. This becomes even more important when assisting children with learning and mental health challenges as many also have eating or food issues. Through the P.I.P.E. Program, families have the opportunity to work with food and mood specialist Heather Resvick RHN NNCP, Registered Holistic Nutritionist receiving support and guidance in tackling some of these nutrition-related issues.
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“What do you do when you Worry too much” – by Dawn Huebner
Available at Amazon.ca, Chapters Indigo
“Keys to Parenting your Anxious Child” – by Katharina Manassis
Available at Amazon.ca, Chapters Indigo, Public Library
“Helping your Anxious Child”– by Ronald Rapee
Available at Amazon.ca, Public Library