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National Parent & Youth Helpline™ Makes Profound Impact Since Expanding to 24/7 Support

Parents Anonymous, Inc.®, the national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents and youth, has taken a significant step forward in addressing the mental health crisis affecting families across the United States. With a generous $10 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Parents Anonymous® expanded its services earlier this year, in January, transforming the National Parent Helpline® into the National Parent & Youth Helpline™. This essential resource now offers round-the-clock emotional support via calls, texts and chats to parents, caregivers and youth up to 25 years old.

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Boomer Mom Shocks Daughter With 1970s Parenting Detail- ‘I’m Dying’

Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, a parenting expert, previously told Newsweek that parents should make their children aware of gun crime by the time they are 10 years old.

While the video shared to @justagirl7688 hasn’t gone viral, it has resonated with other users. One commenter simply wrote: “yep!” insinuating this is how he remembers his childhood.

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“Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength” — Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, President and CEO of Parents Anonymous

This article discusses sensitive topics such as suicide and other potentially disturbing content. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or self-harm, please reach out for help. The California Parent and Youth Helpline is 855-427-2736.

“If you don’t have sex with me, I’m going to kill myself.”

These are words that no one wants to hear, but what if you didn’t hear them; your 13-year-old daughter did at school.

You know the boy and you know his family, but what you don’t know is what to do next.

Should you keep your daughter home from school? Should you call his mother, or should you call the police?

The parent in this situation called the California Parent and Youth Helpline®, a free service that offers emotional support to adults, children, and youth in the state. A trained counselor informed her of the available options and advised her to talk to the principal, the school counselor, and the police, enabling her to get a juvenile restraining order against the boy.

Now in its fourth year, the California Parent and Youth Helpline is a partnership between Parents Anonymous®, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Social Services. Created in May 2020, the nonprofit organization offers a 24/7 helpline in over 240 languages, online and in-person parenting support groups and mental health services — all free of charge. Their motto is “Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength®” and it’s something that Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, President and CEO of Parents Anonymous, takes to heart. “There isn’t any issue you can’t call us about,” she says. “The more we can do to support parents, children and youth, the more we do to support entire families.”

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How To Educate Your Kids About Racism

Racism is a complex subject to discuss, especially with children. Parents and trusted educators must take the initiative to teach kids about race and racial issues in an age-appropriate way so they can understand and stand up against racism. Raising children in a world where racism still exists can be challenging for parents. How do you even begin to educate your kids on the effects of racism while fostering respect, empathy and keeping them safe simultaneously?

The first step is understanding that parents are the most significant influence and supporter of their children as they develop. Parents can actively teach their children about racism by leading by example and demonstrating the positive attitudes for the child to use.

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Heartwarming Reason Mom Is Helping Her Daughter Shave Her Legs at 10

Awoman has shared the moment she guided her daughter through her first shave on TikTok.

Brandee Mulligan, 39, can be seen sitting on the edge of a bathtub with her daughter Marley, 10, opposite her. Both are lathering themselves up with shaving foam ahead of the hair removal.

Mulligan, from Wisconsin, told Newsweek: “There are bigger fish to fry when it comes to parenting pre-teens than letting her shave her legs, like trying to keep her off social media. That’s a big one.”

The parenting milestone footage has racked up 3.7 million views since it was posted on March, 31.

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Mom Not Prepared for 8-year-old Daughter’s Hilariously ‘Innocent’ Question

An indoor security camera recently recorded a touching moment between a mother and her 8-year-old daughter highlighting the innocence of children.

In the footage, Storm Patterson’s daughter recounts a conversation she had with her friends. The third-grader mistakenly believed her mom to be 21 years old, and her friends attempted to calculate her age. This led them to believe that her mom had given birth at the age of 13.

The 32-year-old mom from Florida shared the adorable conversation that has racked up 1.4 million views in just two days.

Patterson, told Newsweek: “I’m glad she views me as younger.”

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Widowed dad should not take girlfriend on annual father-daughter trip, Reddit users insist

“The dad has clearly stated the purpose of this trip with his daughter to his current girlfriend, which seems more than appropriate not to include her. Honoring the role of her mother, who has passed away, is very personal and healing for them both,” Lisa Pion-Berlin, ACSW, of California, told Fox News Digital. 

Pion-Berlin is CEO of Parents Anonymous, a self-help organization that aims to prevent child abuse. 

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Newly proposed legislation could create national mental health hotline for parents, youths

Newly proposed legislation could lead to the creation of a toll-free national hotline for parents and young people to provide help with mental health, parenting, substance abuse and other challenges.

The legislation, introduced this week by U.S. Rep. Norma Torres, comes as questions loom over the High Desert regarding support for those dealing with mental health crises. Earlier this month, a 15-year-old Apple Valley boy with autism was fatally shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies.

The National Parents and Youth Helpline Act would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to create a 24-hour hotline for parents and children dealing with issues related to mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, parenting and more, according to a statement issued by Torres’ office.

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Dr. Lisa and Congresswoman Torres discuss the importance of the National Parent & Youth Helpline

In this episode of Breaking The Stigma, Dr. Lisa is joined by Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, who is sponsoring the National Parent and Youth Helpline Act of 2024 (H.R. 7812) to expand resources for American families.

Congresswoman Torres and Dr. Lisa discuss how the Helpline is a vital resource for those that need someone to reach out to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Congresswoman Torres talks about the importance of advocacy, and the legacy of Parents Anonymous and the National Parent & Youth Helpline that is working in our communities and why she sponsored this bill. She believes “we shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help or show our humanity. The more we talk about issues the better we are at addressing them.” Congresswoman Torres shares how she found support during difficult times in her life and how when something happens in our community, it is our responsibility as a community to support each other.

Meet Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin | President & CEO at Parents Anonymous

We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Lisa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The critical factor behind our success is that we are committed to keeping our promise to be there for parents and youth, no matter what. Through our 24/7 National Parent and Youth Helpline™ and through the Evidence-Based Weekly Parents Anonymous® groups and all our different programs offered, we are here to support. We make a promise not to blame or shame people, but instead offer to help in their personal empowerment journey.

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