Our Partnerships 

are established to urgently address the mental health crisis in Caribbean communities because together we can achieve more
 

Our Partnerships

are established to urgently address the mental health crisis in Caribbean communities because together we can achieve more
 

Improved mental health is possible 

but it takes a community of support

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT A MUST!

Strong partnership is especially critical when working with children and adolescents with a history of serious emotional disturbances. In many cases, parents or other family members do not possess the resources or knowledge to provide their emotionally disturbed child with the care they need and deserve so they can remain at home and in their community. A strong team approach is anchored in a group structure which enables professionals and families to provide children with the highest level of care.

Improved mental health is possible

but it takes a community of support 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT A MUST!

Strong partnership is especially critical when working with children and adolescents with a history of serious emotional disturbances. In many cases, parents or other family members do not possess the resources or knowledge to provide their emotionally disturbed child with the care they need and deserve so they can remain at home and in their community. A strong team approach is anchored in a group structure which enables professionals and families to provide children with the highest level of care.
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School-based MH Partnership

Collaboration between community mental health professionals and school professionals involves sharing knowledge and resources to accomplish more than could be achieved practicing in isolation. Research has shown that this collaboration is most successful when communication between school professionals and community providers engage families and integrate them into process of caring for the child. 

School-Based Mental Health Partnership

Collaboration between community mental health professionals and school professionals involves sharing knowledge and resources to accomplish more than could be achieved practicing in isolation. Research has shown that this collaboration is most successful when communication between school professionals and community providers engage families and integrate them into process of caring for the child. 

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Parent Alliance 

Families are in demanding and stressful situations that often last many years. As a result, parents and other family members frequently have first-hand experience in dealing with the same situation that the child is going through and should be seen as unique individuals in treating children and adolescents. Parents have direct contact with their children and want to be invited to contribute with their experiences and knowledge. While these factors create different needs in collaborating with professionals, parents should be viewed as partners in the service provision and not as a burden to their child or the professional.

Parent Alliance

Families are in demanding and stressful situations that often last many years. As a result, parents and other family members frequently have first-hand experience in dealing with the same situation that the child is going through and should be seen as unique individuals in treating children and adolescents. Parents have direct contact with their children and want to be invited to contribute with their experiences and knowledge. While these factors create different needs in collaborating with professionals, parents should be viewed as partners in the service provision and not as a burden to their child or the professional.

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Youth Involvement  

When children experience abandonment, abuse, or other deep hurts, the adults in their lives may not know how to help them. It is therefore important that parents and community members serve as para-professionals as they learn skills to provide children with the emotional support necessary to heal. When supporting children who have experienced hurt or trauma, it is of paramount importance that we remember two words: “hope” and “encouragement.” Emotional support is not about telling someone they should cover their problems with images of happier thoughts. Instead, it is a way of offering the individual ways to process the pain and despair left by the traumatic experience.

Youth Involvement

Our partners are community members, mental health professionals, interns, volunteers, families, children, adolescents & youths.Clearly, children need supportive communities to thrive. The World Health Organization estimates that mental health conditions and substance use disorders taken together constitute the second largest cause of disease burden and disability worldwide. Mental health comorbidities substantially increase adverse health outcomes and costs for individuals as well as the broader population. The research shows that individuals with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population, and most commonly from causes such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes and other related conditions. Stigma against mental illness and substance abuse disorders contributes to these worsening health outcomes and is a major public health problem.

 

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Community Collaboration

Community collaboration sets the groundwork for a more humane and family/child-centered continuum of care that has recovery, and not containment, as its objective. Collaboration among public and private organizations, families, children, adolescents, peers, schools, mental health professionals and community members is essential in shattering mental health stigma and improving children’s’ emotional health. 

Community Collaboration

Community collaboration sets the groundwork for a more humane and family/child-centered continuum of care that has recovery, and not containment, as its objective. Collaboration among public and private organizations, families, children, adolescents, peers, schools, mental health professionals and community members is essential in shattering mental health stigma and improving children’s’ emotional health. 

 

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