Why we are here
Mothers of young or adult special needs children are at risk for depression and related disorders. Studies show parents of special needs children have significantly higher divorce rates than those with typically developing children. Medical illness, financial stressors, faith based issues, and employment struggles often accompany the challenges of being a primary caregiver of a special needs child or adult.
When you become a mother, it is often the most miraculous experience of your life. When your young or adult child is identified as having special needs, it is potentially the most devastating experience of your life. As the primary caregiver, mothers often try to “fix” everything for their child. But sometimes challenges cannot be fixed, and must instead be adapted to.
The Mom2Mom Peer Support Helpline Program answers the need for help with adaptation.
An abundance of resources for children and adults with special needs are out there, offering everything from advocacy and education, to financial support. But what was missing from the equation was services that focused specifically on addressing the primary caregiver’s mental health and wellness. The well-being of moms was being largely overlooked. Not anymore.
What we do
The Mom2Mom helpline connects moms of special needs children and adults with moms of a similar circumstance who are specially trained in peer counseling and crisis support, making them uniquely qualified to offer relevant and realistic guidance, support.
When you call, email or connect through chat, one of our moms with talk with you, explore and assess your needs with you, and offer guidance and access to our professional provider network of resources that can help you, if additional help is needed.
Clinical Assessments – Our team of clinical professionals are available to do telephonic assessments as needed to help you gage the severity of any depression, anxiety, and family & marital issues you may be experiencing that are impacting your life.
Provider Network Access – Our database of highly rated and trained service providers with relevant specialized experience, is available to you for referrals as needed via our peer counselors.
Support Groups – Within your communities Mom Peer Support Groups are available every month to help you, support you, and remind you that you are not alone.
Why Mom’s call
While we invite moms to call and connect with us for any reason at all, the top 10 things that moms call us about most often are:
- Family and Parenting Issues
- School Issues
- Anxieties and Phobias
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Legal Questions
- Developmental Disabilities
- Aggression and Violent Behaviors
- Financial Issues
- Medical Issues
Our Reciprocal Peer Support Wellness Model addresses behavioral and physical health needs along 8 dimensions of wellness. Our goal is to restore health and reestablish balance within all 8 for every caller. They are as follows: