“Parenting and mental health are often treated as separate issues when it comes to social services. There are parenting resources – and there are mental health resources.
“But a new study from University of Maryland’s School of Public Health wants to shed light on how integrating parenting and mental health programs can break cycles of violence and intergenerational trauma.
“‘A public health approach is absolutely necessary to preventing trauma,’ says Dr. Liz Aparicio, lead researcher and assistant professor at UMD. ‘I’d really love for us to be getting much more prevention focused and much more oriented to thinking about: “okay, every family in our community needs support in whatever way that that looks like. How can we get organized to make sure that the families in our community are receiving the support they need?”‘