Resources for You and Your Child

As a parent or caregiver, you know how to help a child with an upset stomach or a scraped knee. Helping children with their mental health can be trickier. Learning about your child’s symptoms empowers you to advocate for successfully and effectively participate in your child’s mental health care. Just like a physical health condition, a mental health condition can be treated once identified.

DBSA Mood Crew

DBSA’s Mood Crew®

You can help your child set healthy foundations for the future by teaching them emotional literacy now. Emotional literacy is the ability to identify, recognize and manage emotions in a healthy way.

DBSA’s Mood Crew was developed to help parents and caregivers, as well as educators and clinicians, begin important conversations about mental health with children aged 4-10. Through fun, interactive games and activities, your child will learn how to recognize and talk about 10 different emotions.

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About Mood Disorders

Being a parent or a caregiver is both rewarding and challenging. Caregiving can become even more challenging if your child has received a mood disorder diagnosis, such as depression or bipolar disorder.

Children who live with depression or bipolar disorder can lead fulfilling, meaningful lives when they have effective treatment and support. For caregivers, being equipped with tools, information, and resources will assist you in finding the best way to help your young person and care for yourself throughout the process.

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Finding Support 

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance was founded by people living with mood disorders for people living with mood disorders. Our free online and in-person support groups provide hundreds of thousands of people across the country with the community, wellness, support, and hope they need to thrive. In addition to support groups for people living with mood disorders, DBSA offers support groups for friends and family members, as well as parents and caregivers. Our online community for parents and caregivers is designed to empower parents with education, wellness tools, and peer support.

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This resource is made possible by a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.