For parents

If you’re a parent, guardian, or planning to become one, partner with Ohana Montage Health for helpful tips and knowledgeable support to raise healthy, happy kids.

Does my child need help?

You’re the expert when it comes to your child’s well-being. If you notice changes in your child that concern you, ask us for help. You can:

  • Contact your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider. 
  • Fill out our online form to request that someone from Ohana reaches out to you

Within 3-5 business days, a social worker will contact you to learn more about your concerns and any services your child already receives. You’ll get helpful recommendations and referrals to Montage Health or community resources we think may benefit your family.

Signs of a mental or behavioral health condition

Contact us if your child has:

  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Difficulties focusing in school or completing homework
  • Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t real)
  • Impulsive, reckless, or unsafe behaviors
  • Major weight loss or gain
  • Negative mood, personality, or behavior changes
  • Panic attacks, obsessive behaviors, or fear of the future
  • Sadness that lasts two or more weeks, feelings of guilt or hopelessness, or other signs of depression
  • Self-harming behaviors, such as cutting, or talking about hurting themselves
  • Severe stress
  • Sleeping problems
  • Trouble coping with a traumatic experience
  • Withdrawal from activities they used to enjoy or social situations

Helping your child cope

Rely on Ohana for age-appropriate recommendations to address everyday childhood challenges, as well as mental health conditions. Your love and support let your child know you’re there for them, no matter what.

General tips for parents

Raise a resilient child by:

  • Balancing your child’s screen time with enriching activities. Take steps to keep your child safe online. Limiting technology can help your child get better sleep and build self-esteem
  • Educating your child about the impact of alcohol, drugs, reckless driving, unprotected sex, and other risky behaviors
  • Encouraging your child’s interests and supporting their hobbies
  • Having fun with your child often. Choose activities you both enjoy
  • Helping your child set realistic goals while using setbacks and mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Making sure your child gets enough sleep, healthy foods, exercise, and downtime to recharge
  • Promoting independence, responsibility, and problem-solving
  • Providing unconditional love and care
  • Showing your child healthy ways to deal with stress and manage strong emotions
  • Setting boundaries and clear rules and expectations
  • Validating your child’s feelings and experiences
  • Taking time to practice self-care. To be the best possible parent, you need to prioritize your own health and well-being. Model behaviors and life skills you want your child to copy

If your child needs help

If your child is diagnosed with a mental, emotional, or behavioral condition:

  • Attend any family counseling or programs your child’s care team recommends
  • Avoid attaching stigma or judgement to your child’s condition. Let them know their mental health is as important as their physical health
  • Help your child track their symptoms and identify triggers
  • Help your child find self-care practices they enjoy. Your child may respond well to deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, listening to music, journaling, spending time with a pet, or other activities
  • Learn about your child’s condition. Ask their care team how you can best support your child
  • Listen to your child’s concerns and unpack their emotions with them
  • Reach out to your child’s school if needed. Request special supportive services and inform teachers about your child’s needs

If you have other children, help them understand their sibling’s condition and how they can support their sibling. Balance your time by spending special one-on-one time with all of your kids. If you have a spouse or partner, take time to recharge and do things you enjoy together.

Collaborative, family-centered care

Discover the wide range of services available from Ohana. Count on our team to create a personalized plan to meet your child’s needs and strengthen your family bonds. To help your child reach their best outcome, our approach involves their teachers, counselors, doctor, and other professionals in their life.

Support for parents

Search our calendar for upcoming classes, workshops, support groups, and other events. Take advantage of diverse programs to help current and future parents, guardians, and mentors positively shape local youth.

Contact Ohana

Call (831) OHANA01 (831-642-6201) or email us at ohana@montagehealth.org. Expect us to answer you within one business day.

24/7 crisis intervention

If you or someone you care about has suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis:

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or chat with a counselor online
  • Call (831) 687-4379 to reach the Monterey County Mobile Response Team (MRT), which provides phone counseling in English and Spanish for youth up to age 21
  • Call 911 or go to the Emergency department

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