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
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Families as Allies in Jackson, MS

Families as Allies Quarterly Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to the public and public comments are encouraged. You can email or fax comments to or 601-355-0919. 

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 05:30 PM

Mississippi BuDS Spring Training

Training for parents of children 0-21 who have social, emotional, or behavioral health challenges. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Mississippi BuDS Children's Health & Resource Fair

Thursday, May 03, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Fondren After 5

Children's Mental Health Week Celebration 2018

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.