Parenting a child, adolescent, or young adult with a mental health or behavioral health issue can be isolating and overwhelming. NAMI-NYC Metro’s Parent Match Program provides free, one-on-one emotional support from one parent to another by telephone. The program can match you with the parent of a child, adolescent, or young adult (up to age 28) with a similar diagnosis or challenges – someone who has “been there.” Parent mentors will:
- Provide emotional support.
- Listen to your story.
- Share experiences.
- Share ideas for taking care of yourself.
- Share ideas for advocating for your child across systems.
To get started, contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or via email at email@example.com, and ask for a parent match.