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February 15, 2012

Avery House hosts numerous support groups

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Parents Meeting the Challenge is an eight-session educational program that provides parents and primary caregivers the opportunity to learn, share and connect with others who face similar challenges in caring for children/adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.

This program provides tools, strategies and information to help parents and caregivers meet the challenges of parenting/taking care of a child with emotional and behavioral disorders, to navigate the system and advocate for their child's mental health needs.

Volunteer parents, who bring both knowledge and personal experience, have been trained and certified by NAMI NH to teach Parents Meeting the Challenge. Participants receive a copy of the "Guidebook for Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disorders" and an educational packet that includes science-based information and current publications on children/adolescent emotional and behavioral disorders.

The curriculum will cover facing mental illness in the family, brain biology, common childhood emotional disorders, developmental stages, managing family stressors and identifying service needs, crisis planning and more.

The sessions started Feb. 15 and continue through April 11 at the Avery Center.

Call 800-242-6264, Ext. 28.

Parent Support Groups are offered around the state for parents who have a child/adolescent with serious emotional disorders. In Londonderry, meetings are the third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.

Call facilitator Susan Allen-Samuel at 225-5359, Ext. 28.

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