Supporting Siblings of Children with Mental Health Needs
The Shriver Center works with hospitals and other agencies to address the needs of siblings and parents of children with mental health issues. The goals of the program are to build sibling resiliency and decrease trauma, teach parenting strategies that support siblings as well as increase parental confidence, and build capacity among providers. For more information, contact Emily Rubin, Director of Sibling Support, at Emily.Rubin@umassmed.edu.
Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN)
Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability, whether the disability is mental or physical, seen or unseen, is a unique, challenging and potentially rewarding experience. The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network meets the needs of siblings of people with all kinds of disabilities throughout the sibling lifespan. The MSSN provides education, creates welcoming communities, and strives to increase the range and availability of sibling support services across the Commonwealth.