They say parenting is the toughest job you’ll ever love. All those struggles and achievements, watching with pride as your baby grows up. But the highs and lows of the teen years can leave you conflicted. Have you worried, afraid something is wrong as your child changes and grows away from you. You wonder if the changes in your child are normal, or indicative of something more. You may be wondering if your teenager is at risk for depression, addiction or suicide. Or perhaps you’ve heard about this growing problem and just want to ensure your parenting techniques are helping you raise an emotionally healthy young adult.
The good news – we have your back!
There are things you can do to help your child through their teen and young adult years and throughout their entire life.
- You can adopt structured but loving parenting techniques.
- You can keep the lines of communication open.
- You can learn the warning signs for depression, addiction and teen suicide.
- You can teach your child healthy coping strategies for handling social and educational pressure.
- You can also get your child professional help if they need it.
You’ll find support here at DASIUM. We know there is a growing crisis of teen depression, addiction and suicide but we believe parents, schools and community organizations can work together to get in front of the problem and save lives. We believe that the combination of being proactive in teaching healthy coping strategies and getting help for kids who are in crisis is the answer.
Below you’ll find information and resources to support you whether you are looking for ways to be a better parent, you are worried about your child or need emergency resources. Please remember, we share our stories and information to guide and support you. We are not a substitute for medical or professional advice. If you are concerned about your child’s safety or uncertain about their current state of mind, get professional help immediately.
Raising a teen is a busy and ever-changing job. And so is the parents’ page at DASIUM. What you see here is just the beginning. We will be adding information and resources frequently. Make sure you don’t miss a thing and get everything you need! We send out notifications for parenting webinars, new resources and whenever we add something new for you. Tell us where to send the notifications so you don’t miss a thing (HERE).
As a parent you want tips and information that help you raise a healthy family. Here are a few articles and resources to get you started while we put the finishing touches on some new resources.
Free printable bookmark with some great parenting tips:
Discerning whether or not your teen’s behavior is typical or cause for concern is challenging. If you are worried about your teen the following information, tips and resources can help you understand, evaluate and deal with the changes in your child as they grow through their teen and young adult years.
There is nothing more distressing than when our children are sick or hurting. From the moment we hold them in our arms we are responsible for their health and well-being and will do whatever it takes to get them relief.
When talking about depression, addiction and suicide we approach prevention by getting in front of it. We know:
- Teens/Young adults need better coping strategies to deal with the unique challenges facing our youth today.
- Any child exhibiting warning signs of depression, addiction or suicide should have a complete medical physical in order to rule out any illness.
- When it comes to our kids there are varying degrees of crisis.
- Addiction isn’t isolated to drugs and alcohol. Addiction is the fact or condition of being dependent on a particular substance, thing, or activity. Be it self-harm, restrictive eating, the cycle of binge/purge, or high risk behaviors, we believe that in teens and young adults these behaviors are the result of not having the coping skills to handle emotions, stressors and challenges they are face with.
Below are some great organizations that provide assistance and guidance for you and your family. Many also provide referrals to professional help with regard to mental and behavioral health issues:
- Anorexia and Eating Disorders
The National Eating Disorders Association’s help line is: (630) 577-1330 >> The helpline operates 9 AM-5 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email: http://www.selfinjury.com/contact/ or Call 800-366-8288 for information on seeking help.
Alcoholics Anonymous aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous na.org
Focusing on your child and your parenting is great, but the best way to help your child is to take care of yourself. Modeling healthy living choices and getting support early on can make a huge difference for your entire family.
- The Addict’s Mom is an incredible resource for parents dealing with an addicted child. http://addictsmom.com/
- NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness has many resources, information and support. http://www.nami.org/Find-Support
- Al-anon support groups for individuals coping with someone suffering from addiction http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/
- DBSA: Depression and Bi-polar support groups. http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=help_family_center_support
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