Family resources

Welcome to the Mad in America Family Resources section!

This week you will notice a new name and a new look on this page. The Parent Resources section of the Mad in America website is now officially the Family resources section.

This change has been underway for some time. We originally envisioned the mission of our Parents Section, which debuted as The Concerned Parents Project in early 2018, as meeting the information and support needs of parents of underage children. It quickly became clear that just as often these concerns extend adult children 18 and older, and may involve grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, spouses and/or significant others in a younger person’s circle. We therefore aim to address family issues in a broader sense.

To that end, our online parent support groups, which debuted in fall 2018, now serve loved ones of children, teens, and adults. Our resources, blogs, Q&As, information on psychiatric drugs and their alternatives, research reports, podcasts, videos, and relevant web news do the same. Recently, we added a new interview feature in which we ask researchers and others to talk about their work in practical terms that parents and families can apply to their own lives.

In the future, we plan to produce more such interviews and more frequent podcasts (suitable for listening on the go) and occasional investigative journalism pieces. We are also looking for more personal story submissions from young people themselves and from you, their family members. We would also be happy to publish your short thematic video or audio recordings on the topics “What I wish I could tell my family” and “What I want my child to know”. Please email [email protected] for submission details. We’re also keen to know what kind of content you’d like to see more (or less of). Please feel free to write to me, Miranda Spencer, Family Resources Editor, at [email protected].

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