Parents and Teachers as Allies

Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour in-service program that helps school professionals identify the early warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in schools.  It focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, how best to intervene, and shared the lived experiences of consumers and families.

Designed for teachers, administrators, school health professionals, parents and others in the school community, the program is aimed at schools in urban, suburban, rural, and culturally diverse communities.

The program focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.

This program responds to the recommendations included in Goal 4 of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission report on mental health that calls for schools to play a larger role in the early identification of mental health treatment needs in children and in linking them to appropriate services

For more details, see NAMI National's Parents and Teachers as Allies website.