Heroes for Health: Pamala Handrow

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Pamala Handrow, Executive Director at SAFE Haven Racine

Website: http://www.safehavenofracine.org

Email: phandrow@safehavenofracine.org

Phone: 262-637-9559, ext. 7011

Twitter: @SAFEHavenRacine

About SAFE Haven Racine:

SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc. exists "to improve the quality of life for youth and families by providing safe living environments, crisis support and community intervention." Services that focus on basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter will always be in the forefront of SAFE Haven's efforts. In addition it is our goal to continue to help youth achieve results beyond these boundaries in education, self-esteem, employment, problem-solving and life skills.

Words from Pamala, a Hero for Health:

Adolescence can be a complicated stage of life on its own, without the complications of mental health challenges. When adolescents struggle with undiagnosed mental health problems, it can be immensely difficult to provide these individuals with proper care.

Often mental health issues first emerge in very young children, sometimes before they are old enough to attend school. It is easier to address these concerns if they are discovered early so that families don’t have to suffer from lifelong difficulties.

The Collaborative provides an exciting opportunity to link community members together and create a series of connections that can lead to improved care for children of all ages throughout Racine. Collaborative members can educate the community on available resources, provide mental health services themselves at their places of work, and – perhaps most importantly – help community members contribute in their own way to the improvement of mental health care for Racine’s children. Our families deserve to know what resources are available to them, so they do not feel alone in their battle with a child’s mental health needs.

From my viewpoint, it has been apparent that adults throughout the community are very receptive to strategies for improving their children’s mental healthcare. We in the Collaborative have the chance to translate the community’s enthusiasm into volunteer opportunities, school program participation and even donations to beneficial mental health organizations.

It’s great to be connected with others in the community who face all of the various aspects of working with families with children’s mental health challenges. By working together as a team, I am confident we can provide unmatched care for our children.

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