First and foremost, this website and the resources included were created by parents who have children with mental illness. This is a space without judgement because we understand that you are doing a hard job, and we have been where you are.
We understand that you need a safe place where you can come any time of the day or night; even when you’ve been crying into your bowl of ice cream while wearing bunny slippers because you don’t know what to do next.
We understand how it feels when there are no clean clothes left, you are rocking a ‘I don’t have time for a shower’ ponytail, and your level of exhaustion has exceeded description.
We also know that many times laughter is the only thing that keeps us from losing our minds; hopefully you will find some of that here too!
That’s not to say our website isn’t ready to do all the serious things it is designed for. Here you will find current information, useful resources, and hopefully lasting friendships from those on our social media page.
One reality of parenting a child with a mental health disorder is that it is not at all like that idyllic portrayal we often see in the movies. Here in the trenches, we fully understand that some of the behavioral and mental health challenges our families live with daily make what we do ‘High Stakes’ parenting. We also understand how it can seem like we are the only people in the world dealing with troubled kids and teens.
As you familiarize yourself with our website, you will invariably discover that many of the parents in our group have all been where you are right now. Some of us have been working on developing the Idaho Parent Network for Children’s Mental Health since its creation in 2016. Others stumbled across our group at 2 a.m. because it was the only time they had to themselves.
When or how you found your way here doesn’t matter. What matters is you have now found a place of love, acceptance, and understanding. We are a network of parents with a serious desire to help each other. It doesn’t matter if your children are biological, adopted, or little green aliens, you have come to the right place to find the help, support, and hope you need. Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or suggestions you might have on our ‘contact us’ page. You will be answered.
In the meantime, if there is anything we can do to help you and your family reach your goals we are happy to point you in the right direction, give you a hug, and remind you what you are doing isn’t easy. We are here to help. There is hope.