Teen Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know

We  will be holding a forum for parents on teen mental health, next Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash, 2nd Floor.  We will start with a short reception for hosts and board candidates from 5:30 to 5:45 pm, our program will run from 5:45 to 6:15 pm and then there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. We hope to see you there!


Rainbow House Crisis Care Family Support Program

This program allows a parent to place his or her child at the Rainbow House shelter for a short period of time during a crisis.

Some crisis examples are:

  • Medical and mental health emergencies
  • Death in the family
  • Parent participation in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program
  • Highly stressful home situation with little or no support
  • Eviction
  • Lack of food or utilities
  • Domestic violence

Rainbow House Crisis Care is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call (573)474-6600.

Resources for Parents of Teens

If you have a child in junior high or high school who has had trouble with bullies, take a look at this website.  They have resources to help you identify and deal with bullies.

If you would like to help your child get an early start on thinking about college, take a look at this website.  They have lots of resources to help your teen connect with people that can help them out and with the resources that can help them plan.

Help For Families…

There is an upcoming health fair and backpack give away in Columbia on Saturday, August 15.  See our calendar for more information.

The VAC is accepting donations of school supplies for low-income students.  These supplies will be distributed at VAC’s office after the Health Fair in case anyone cannot make the Health Fair.  Supplies or monetary donations for this program can be delivered to the VAC office.  Call 874-2273 for more information.

Finally, families with a Wardrobe referral can also obtain free clothing on Tuesdays throughout the year.