Community Practices to Promote Mental Health
- Support quality services for children and encourage parents to advocate for services, including:
- Child care
- Early Head Start and Head Start
- Mental health services
- Small kindergarten class sizes
- After-school care
- Other educational opportunities
- Empower parents to advocate for their children’s special needs. Recognize parents’ efforts through newsletters, bulletin boards, ceremonies to honor them, and certificates.
- Encourage connections among parents whose children have similar needs through the Internet and the community (schools, community centers, faith-based organizations). Ask parents to share resources with you so that you can pass them along to other families.
- Consider serving as a consultant or board member of agencies that serve children in early childhood and their families.
- Encourage local hospitals to establish prenatal sibling preparation classes.
- Report inefficiencies and inequities in mental health services to effect change (by contacting insurance administrators if needed mental health services are not covered).
- Support organizations that serve children (YMCA, YWCA, Early Head Start, faith-based organizations) by making referrals or contributing time, money, or expertise.