As parents, we want to do everything we can to protect our children. We rush them to the doctor when they're sick and make sure they have all of their medicines. But there's one area where many parents don't always think to look for danger: their child's mental health and their own mental health. Just like our physical health, our mental health is important and needs to be protected. That's why it's so important that we are aware of the signs of mental illness in children and ourselves, and know how to get help if needed. This Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to take a closer look at the mental health of transplant recipients and provide some resources for those who need help. Remember, you are not alone! Feeling out of control during the transplant process is completely normal and subsequently so is seeking help. If you see a resource that we don't currently have, please feel free to tell us!
First and foremost contact your child's transplant team. If you notice symptoms that something is just off, you can ask to speak to the team psychologist or social worker.
Ask your insurance provider! Most providers offer at least 6 sessions at no cost.
Download a coaching app like Calm, Headspace, or Sanvello.
Connect with others in places like our online support group
Finally, if you feel like you are in immediate danger, call 911, or if you or your child feel suicidal call 1-800-273-8255 or 988 which has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. Always better to be safe than sorry.