Programs for Children and Families

Mental Health America educates and supports families of children and adolescents with mental illnesses or severe behavioral problems, provide opportunities for children whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence to learn appropriate ways to express anger and other emotions, and teaches children, adolescents, and those who work with them about mental health issues.  Program components include

  • Basics,  a 12-hour curriculum which educates parents and other caregivers of children and teens with emotional or behavioral problems about brain biology, childhood mental illnesses, communication skills, organization of data and record keeping, coping and self-care, problem management, and working with other child-serving systems.  This training provides opportunities for participants to build skills which inspire hope, foster resiliency, and enhance family stability.  Basics is offered free of charge on five consecutive Tuesday evenings (6:00-8:30 pm) in the MHARV office.   Supper is provided for the family, and childcare and activities are offered for pre-teen children while their caregivers are in class.  The next Basics series will begin on November 1, 2016. Call the MHARV office at (540) 344-0931 to register.
  • Forgotten Victims, free weekly skills-building groups for children in kindergarten through fifth grade who have witnessed domestic violence.  This group meets each Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm in the MHARV office during the school year.  Children participate in a variety of art activities, role plays, games, stories, music, and group discussions designed to help them identify and express their feelings, manage anger appropriately, communicate with others, and enhance their sense of self-worth.  Participants also attend a week-long day camp each summer.  Call the MHARV office at (540) 344-0931 to request an application.
  • presentations on children’s mental health for community groups, churches, and after-school programs.