In the first of our special, 4-part series on Family Mental Health, we take a look at what you would need to know if your family experiences a mental health crisis. When do you ask for help? Where do you find help? What if it’s the caregiver who’s in need? And what if it’s a child who’s struggling?
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining us from Alaska's mental healthcare community we have three guests in the studio with host, Shana Sheehy.
• Randee Shafer is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works as the Clinical Supervisor of the Providence Adolescent Residential Treatment Program which provides long-term mental health treatment for teenage girls.
• Kimberly Pettit is a co-founder of the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Providence Alaska Medical Center where she is currently the Behavioral Health Manager. She also has a private practice in which she provides child custody mediation, adoption, and parenting coordination services.
• Paul Cornils is the Executive Director of Alaska Youth and Family Network, a peer-run behavioral health agency that provides peer-to-peer support, advocacy, systems navigation and education to parents, children, youth and young adults.
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WHERE TO FIND HELP:
- Training for crisis response - Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on two programs in Alaska that are training others to respond to mental health crises: The Mental Health First Aid Training program and the Anchorage Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team.
Listen to the whole series here.