Information for Families

Sometimes it's difficult for parents and caregivers to know the best way to care for their children when they display behaviors that puzzle, concern and sometimes even frighten us. Sometimes these behaviors are part of normal development. Sometimes they're not. These behaviors could be symptoms of a mental health problem.

Mental health is a term used to describe how people think, feel and act. It encompasses how we perceive our selves, our lives and those we care about. It determines how we handle stress, relate to others, evaluate options and make choices.

Like physical health, mental health is equally important.

Unlike physical illness, such as a cold or a fever, mental illness may be difficult to identify. Though symptoms aren't always apparent, they can be recognized and may include depression, anxiety, conduct, eating and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.

Mental health problems affect one in five young people at any given time.

That is why, tragically, an estimated 2 out of 3 children with mental health problems do not get the help they need, and why children and adolescents are the most under-served disability group in the nation.



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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 07:30 AM
Families as Allies in Jackson, MS

Bring Your IEP Day


Come to the Families as Allies office on Tuesday, July 24th with your IEP and your questions. Drop in anytime between 7:30 AM and 6 PM. You'll be able to visit with parents who have been in your shoes, and we will support you in finding answers.


You will also have the opportunity to share feedback about ways to make JPS work better for all students and families if you would like. The feedback will be shared with the Better Together Commission.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Word and Worship Church in Jackson, MS

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Families as Allies is funded through generous donations, training fees, grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, the City of Jackson and the Department of Mental Health, and contracts with other non-profits and agencies.