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RESOURCES FOR WAITING FAMILIES

If you are reading this page, you are probably one of the many families right now looking for mental health services for your child at time when demand is even higher than usual for the already-scarce resources the area has to offer. 


Please understand that the recent volume of intake calls we are receiving is the largest is has been in 13 years.  In the past, there have been periods of time (particularly in the summer) in which we were able to get new kids in the same week.  One factor in the recent surge of calls we believe to be the effects of the quarantine, which have really caught up with many kids and families.  We don’t know yet if the increased demand for our services will be the “new normal” or if things will settle down soon.


The problem is systemic: there are too few psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, therapists, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient programs that are skilled in treating adolescents.  As you might have also guessed, a large part of the reason is that the funding and financial backing for such resources are insufficient.  The ultimate fix to needs to be systemic, and a question of what priority we decide to give child mental health care services as a community, state, and country.  If you have any interest or ability to become involved in finding solutions on the larger, systemic level, we urge you to do so.  A good place to begin would be at NAMI of New Hampshire (naminh.org).


In the meantime, we understand that you have a more immediate problem.  If your child is on the waiting list, or is waiting to be on the waiting list, we created this page to offer you at least something in the meantime.  


While we are unable to provide your child direct care at present, we can offer to introduce you to our approach to problems facing the kids we see.  We hope it may provide a starting point to better understanding of the nature of your child’s struggles, where medication might or might not fit in, and how we would suggest approaching the problem as a parent.  At the very least, it will give you a window into how we do things at Direction.  We certainly do things differently here, and it’s even possible after reviewing our approach you’ll decide to look elsewhere for help!


But, at least it’s a start, and it’s what we can offer at this time.  We hope things change soon and we are able to get your child in and work with you directly.


Resources


  1. If you are interested in learning about our in-depth approach to biological and developmental imbalances, we’d be happy to send you a free copy of our book, The Art of Direction.  You can view it on Amazon here.  If you’d like a copy, send an email to info@directionbehavioralhealth.com.

  2. Our Parenting Groups are open to the public, and are offered on Zoom at present Wednesday nights from 5-6 PM.  If you’d like to join, send an email to info@directionbehavioralhealth.com.

  3. If you’d like to learn more about Wholeistic Education, the approach we use here in groups and recommend to parents at home, our Program Director has put together a set of seven lectures that you can view here.

  4. We are looking into the possibility of starting a group for kids waiting to get into Direction that would meet one day per week for an hour via Zoom.