Resources for Parenting
- Daughters of Madness: Growing Up and Older with a Mentally Ill Mother by Susan Nathiel
- Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman
- Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell
- Family Education and Resource Center (FERC)
- For Geriatric Parents:
- Alameda County Social Services
- Abode Services Housing for Seniors
- Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Bay Area Community Services has been a leader in developing and delivering cost-effective services to adults with mental illness and seniors in Alameda County, CA.
- For Teens: Youth Uprising for youth ages 16-24
- Child Protective Services-24 hr. hotline-Alameda County 800-259-1800
- Adult Protective Services- 24 hr hotline – Alameda County 866-225-5277
Parents with Mental Health Challenges. Fremont, CA. Every Third Tuesday.
Some people site positive factors as being part of growing up with a mentally ill mother.
- Appreciation of and balance of life
- Becoming an advocate
The following can be protective factors for children with mentally ill parents.
- Knowledge that their parent(s) is ill and that they are not to blame
- Help and support from family members and friends
- A stable home environment
- Psychotherapy for the child and the parent(s). The ill parent working towards recovery
- A sense of being loved by the ill parent
- Positive self esteem
- Resiliency – the ability to bounce back after a problem
- Inner strength and good coping skills in the child
- A strong relationship with a healthy adult
- Friendships, positive peer relationships
- Having someone to talk to
- Interest in and success at school
- Healthy interests outside the home for the child
- Help from outside the family to improve the family environment (for example, marital psychotherapy or parenting classes)