Parent Match Program

Are you a parent of a child or adolescent with emotional or behavioral problems, or a mental health diagnosis? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? We can help.

Parenting a child, adolescent, or young adult with a mental health or behavioral health issue can be isolating and overwhelming. NAMI-NYC’s Parent Match Program provides free, one-on-one emotional support from one parent to another by telephone.

Our program connects you with a parent of a child or adolescent with a similar diagnosis or situation. The parents in our program have “been there” and are ready to provide emotional support.

Please note: As of August 2021, our Parent Match program is temporarily on hold.

Please note: As of August 2021, our Parent Match program is temporarily on hold. You can still connect with our Helpline to be added to our waitlist and we will contact you when the program starts again. In the meantime, we encourage you to check our support group for Parents of Children & Young Adults.

Parents of Children & Young Adults is a peer-run self-help group offering support and practical information in a welcoming environment. Share your experiences and learn coping strategies from fellow parents. This meeting is facilitated by a parent of a child with mental health needs. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 1pm to 2:30pm ET.

“Parent Match is awesome. When I needed the strength to get through the next 5 minutes, she would listen and say, ‘Yes, that sucks.’ She didn’t try to solve, or to minimize. She listened, and she talked about similar experiences, and how she got through them. There was nothing I could say that she hadn’t seen, done, or been through before…there was a lot of comfort in that.” — Karen, parent

You Parent Match mentor will call you to:

  • Provide emotional support.
  • Listen to your story.
  • Share experiences.
  • Share ideas for taking care of yourself.
  • Share ideas for advocating for your child across the mental health and school systems.

To get started, contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or via email, and ask for a parent match.