In April of 2004, Chad McCord, a high-school senior, lost his battle to depression and died by suicide. Chad’s parents, Marian and Larry McCord, were determined to create an organization focused on saving the lives of our youth by creating a network of resources readily available to every family battling mental illness.
In January 2005, CHADS Coalition for Mental Health was founded by the McCords. CHADS is an acronym for “Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide.”
Thanks for your feedback! Since lack of resources and trouble connecting to effective help can be a problem, a big part of the School Outreach model is connecting youth to care. CHADS does this either through our own Family Support clinicians or through referrals. Family Support's core competency is stabilizing suicidal youth. CHADS often takes referrals from other agencies or physicians to help stabilize youth in crisis, brings stabilization then refers back to that agency or a new agency, depending. Other times we will be working with youth while they are on the waiting list with a psychiatrist, and after if needed. When we make referrals, we make a follow up calls to ensure the referral worked out, and if it didn't we try again! In addition, CHADS publishes listings of valuable community resources and referrals on our website’s awareness pages and Family Resource Center document. Categories that are included in the document are: hotlines, help lines and mental health centers; hospitals and residential treatment centers; support groups; counseling programs and organizations; child and adolescent psychiatrists; legal/financial resources; and educational resources. These resources can be viewed at http://www.chadscoalition.org/assets/docs/Family_Resource_Center.pdf Sorry if I was unclear in the last reply, the support groups are for youth, not parents. The education and support we provide for parents is part of Family Support, so it is a short-term solution focused model. The focus is mostly on the youth. There are are usually about five sessions, with more or fewer possible depending on the need. It is also specifically Youth Mental Health First Aid that we offer, focusing on how mental illness manifests in youth and how parents, teachers, and other adult "gatekeepers" can help. Thanks again!
Thank you for your feedback! For parents, caregivers, and other family members, we provide education about mental health issues, emotional support, and help navigating the mental health system. CHADS also offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training to the community, which parents participate in. We do not have in-home services at this time. We do have multiple locations, offer appointments later in the evening, and provide some in-school services to make it easier to access care.