This week, you’ll notice a new name and a new look on this page. The Parent Resources section of Mad in America’s website is now officially the Family Resources section.
This shift has been ongoing for some time. Originally, we envisioned the mission of our parents’ section, which debuted as The Concerned Parents Project in early 2018, as serving the informational and support needs of parents of minor children. It quickly became apparent that just as often, these concerns span adult children 18 and beyond, and can involve grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, spouses, and/or significant others in a younger person’s circle. So we are aiming to address family issues in the broader sense.
To that end, our online parent support groups, which debuted in fall 2018, now serve the relatives of both children, adolescents, and adults. Our featured resources, blogs, Q&As, information on psychiatric drugs and alternatives, research reports, podcasts, videos, and relevant news from around the web do the same. Recently, we’ve added a new interview feature in which we ask researchers and others to talk about their work in practical terms that parents and families can apply to their own lives.
Looking ahead, we plan to produce more such interviews and more frequent podcasts (suitable for listening on-the-go) and occasional investigative journalism pieces. We also seek more personal-story submissions from young people themselves and you, their family members. We’d also love to publish your short, themed video or audio recordings on the topics, “What I Wish I Could Tell My Family” and “What I Want My Child to Know.” Please email [email protected] for submission details. We’re also keen to know what type of content you’d like to see more (or less) of. Feel free to write to me, Family Resources Editor Miranda Spencer, at [email protected].
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