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How You Can Text, Talk and Act for Mental Health Participate in a National Dialogue on mental health on your cell phone.
Exploring The World of Human Emotions
10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
Celebrating Recovery through Work
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Who are we?

We are children of parents who have mental illness.  We have been called invisible, but we live in every town, in every neighborhood.  We grew up in two-parent households, and single parent homes.  We are children of divorce.  We were raised by our grandparents or grew up in foster care.

We have and will face a number of challenges.  Many of us have had difficulties developing personal relationships.  Some have faced economic hardship. All of us have experienced some degree of trauma.

But, despite this, our bond with our parent(s) is very precious.  It has helped us to identify who we are, and who we want to be.  This is the case whether our parent(s) have been a part of our everyday lives, or whether we have never met them.

So, welcome to this place.  We hope to provide the support and education to help you address your needs, so that you can better understand the needs of your parent(s) and your relationship with them.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center has developed a document describing some of the common challenges we all face:

 When Your Parent Has a Mental Illness

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