Press Release

The Youth Mental Health Project and Great Lakes Recovery Center Announce Partnership

The Youth Mental Health ProjectTM and Great Lakes Recovery Center, Inc. are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to bring The Parent Support NetworkTM to parents and caregivers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who are helping children, teens, and young adults struggling with their mental health.

Darien, Connecticut & Ishpeming, Michigan March 7, 2022. The Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) and Great Lakes Recovery Center (GLRC) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership, combining GLRC’s first-rate behavioral health services with YMHP’s evidence-based turnkey program, The Parent Support Network, to parents and caregivers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

With the increasing rates of mental health challenges among our nation’s youth, state and local governments, as well as community organizations recognize that collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to addressing this crisis is needed. There is also a recognition that parents and caregivers need to be supported and empowered with information and tools in order to help their children maintain their mental health or guide them through a crisis.

“Partnering with The Youth Mental Health Project will enable us to bring a new form of support to families across the Upper Peninsula,” said Amy Poirier, GLRC Foundation Coordinator. “The Parent Support Network will help parents to know they are not alone, by creating a safe place for them to talk with others who may be going through something similar.”

The Parent Support Network meetings will be facilitated by parents with lived experience caring for children with mental health challenges. This peer-to-peer model creates a confidential, “judgment-free zone” for parents to express their own emotions with others who understand their experiences and to share knowledge and resources to help other parents.

“We are pleased to partner with the team at Great Lakes Recovery Center to help Upper Peninsula parents and families who may be concerned about a small change in their child’s behavior or who may be coping with a child who is experiencing a mental health crisis,’ said Valerie Barton, The Youth Mental Health Project Executive Director. “Our program is grounded in the premise that mental health lies on a continuum and that both early intervention and crisis management are needed.”

Contact Information
Valerie Barton, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project
valerie.barton@ymhproject.org
301.448.9864

Amy Poirier, Foundation Coordinator, Great Lakes Recovery Center
apoirier@greatlakesrecovery.org
906-523-9688

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About The Youth Mental Health Project

The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. We envision a world made up of informed families and caring communities that realize and strengthen the mental health of our youth – a world where people are just as aware of their mental health as their physical health, where families are validated and able to readily access the care they need.

About The Great Lakes Recovery Center

GLRC is a non-profit, CARF accredited agency specializing in mental health and substance abuse treatment for youth, families and adults with a mission of ‘empowering recovery through hope and change’. GLRC offers a variety of behavioral health services across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a vision of ‘creating healthy communities one person at a time.’