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The Selective Mutism Association (SMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to those impacted by a child with the anxiety disorder known as selective mutism.
Selective Mutism (SM) is best understood as a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s or adolescent’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school, in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings (e.g., at home with family).
• talk normally in settings where they feel comfortable
• have an actual fear of speaking when there is an expectation to talk
• can “freeze” due to anxiety Without intervention, over time this can lead to social difficulties and/or isolation.
SM can persist into adolescence and even adulthood if left untreated. However, with diagnosis at a young age, early intervention and effective treatment, the prognosis for children with SM is good.
Whether you are a parent of a child with SM, a teacher of a student with SM, a therapist with a SM patient, or anyone interested in learning more, SMA can help. We are the nation’s premier resource for SM information, providing a network of families and treating professionals around the world who uniquely understand the struggles of SM. Stop struggling alone. Start seeking information and new ideas today.
Visit the Selective Mutism Association at www.selectivemutism.org and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @FindTheirVoices.
You are not alone—The CancerConnect Online Community is a fully moderated, peer-to-peer support group for cancer patients and caregivers. With over 50,000 members the network offers patients and caregivers a thriving community to support the many ongoing needs from diagnosis to survivorship.
SupportGroups.com is a safe social support network that allows members to join more than 220 condition-specific groups, seek emotional support, and find other members who are confronting the same problems. Our mission is simple: make everybody feel better. Join the fastest-growing online support network. Get the help you deserve today.
The mission of The Eating Disorder Foundation is to be an effective resource in the prevention and elimination of eating disorders through education, support, and advocacy. We offer a variety of free support groups, drop-in services, and free educational presentations. Please see our website for more information on our current offerings.
Wings-a Grief Education Ministry is a 501 c-3, non-profit, charitable organization founded by Nan & Gary Zastrow in 1993 with the express purpose of helping others understand the impact of loss/grief in one’s life. The organization supports and educates by listening, teaching, and sharing grief experiences that honor the past and rebuild the future. It offers workshops, seminars, support/education groups, and articles to heal the pain of loss. Current information is posted at their website.
Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Our work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy and safe.
We know that prevention is possible, and we believe that it is an adult responsibility to protect children.
The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario Canada. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.
Our service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.
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A helpful Information and Referral Specialist will answer your call, email or web chat 24/7. Our service is free and confidential.
provide information about counselling services and supports in your community
listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
provide basic education about mental illness
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The Mental Health Helpline is a service of ConnexOntario, a free and confidential health service information organization funded by the Ontario Government.
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The work of Share and its supporters often goes unnoticed until tragedy occurs. At Share, bereaved parents find comfort in friendship, strength in shared experiences and hope for healing and happiness. Share, which has more than 75 groups across the country, strives to support every family that is put into these tragic circumstances by hosting support group meetings, by providing online support through Facebook, and by distributing bereavement resources and information. The national office also offers bereavement education and training to professionals, clergy and funeral directors throughout the United States. Share has been offering support to families since 1977. The National Office is headquartered in St. Charles, MO. For more information about Share, please call the National Share Office at 636-947-6164 or visit www.nationalshare.org.
Actively Moving Forward, a HealGrief program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting grieving college students.
1 in every 3 college students are grieving a loved one’s death or the diagnosis of a loved one’s terminal illness! The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Actively Moving Forward chapters on college campuses nationwide. AMF, an acronym for ActivelyMovingForward connects and empowers these grieving students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of their loved ones. Students are given the tools to cope, and the education to understand that grief is normal; grief is not depression; suicide is never an option; and a healthy grief recovery does exist.
AMF also supports non-collegiate young adults and professionals working with college students and young adults by creating a wealth of virtual information, programming, and community.
GRIEF WATCH is a publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.