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Review for Association for Children's Mental Health, Lansing, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Well, it all started with my son Jaruad and his behavior in school. I got a call home everyday from his teacher and others. I started seening a change in him after his father and broke-up. Jaruad started talking back to me and fighting his sister. Jaruad and my mother got into confrontation. Jaruad tried to set the bathroom on fire. I just so, happened to go to a meeting with my sister and a lady was talking about mental health and different service. I explsin to her how Jaruad get up all the time out of his seat at school and he was falling in his grade and my youngest daughter was having the same issues. The advocate gave me her number and I said, I was going to call her but, than I thought to myself hey, I'm not going there...that's for crazy people and my child is not crazy so, I prolomg going and the problems got worst. I called her up about a month later and she help me get service for my son and daughter. I didn't want anybody to know I was receiving service from mental health so I asked for them to meet me some where else other than my house or me coming there. My son Jaruad had to be locked up a year later because he wanted to kill himself and someone else and life started with me having to really advocate for my son. If it wasn't for ACMH advocate I think I would have went crazy...not only did I get help for my son and daughter I also received service for my depression. All of this made me see that it's okay to ask for help. I could have never did this along and I with the help of ACMH I would have been lost and those old fears of the Mental Health Department would have still been in my head and I would have not gotten help for my family. And to share something else personal. My mother needed the help back in 1983 with my brother and he wanted to kill himself because my mother let him repeat the 3rd grade and 7 years later my brother went to juvenile and after that he went to prison. But, the point of the story is that my brother needed help and my mother back than didn't know how to ask for help. Deon (brother) when he went to see the mental health worker at the juvenile center the assessment stated that he had a IQ of a 3rd grader...Deon stopped learning in the 3rd grade and he started getting into trouble and hanging with the wrong crowd. I'm glad this service is available now for family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm glad service for children and parents are available to us in this county. I'm also glad I didn't have to do this along. I had an advocate to help me go through the process of getting my son and daughter the service they needed and also for helping me

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I would change is the way the service get out to the public and I would make a advocate available to everyone who walks in the door. Going through the doors can be very scarry and parents should not have to go through it along.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I had a individual help me go through the process of helping my family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I met many people and now I'm networking with different agencies and other parents.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Benefit a lot of and workshop cost. I believe in training parents to training other parents.

Ways to make it better...

I knew about this earlier...I could have had some prevention measure or data to help me and the teacher to assist with my son.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenges is not having enough money to put on a lot of training and different workshop. I'm a leader today thanks to ACMH...and Amy Winan and the staff at ACMH for believe in me as a parent and letting me sit in the driver sit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love when parents and youth have a voice in there treatment plan...and when we have someone to sit with us (parents) through a IEP and someone to support us as parents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I assisted the advocate in the county and I participated with ACMH workshop and training.