Generations United released our 10th annual "State of Grandfamilies" report on November 8, 2023. The report, Building Resilience: Supporting Grandfamilies’ Mental Health and Wellness, outlines the reasons grandfamilies have mental health concerns yet have more trouble accessing mental health services and supports for both children and their caregivers due to lack of availability, lack of legal authority, and limited understanding of grandfamilies’ needs among providers, cost, stigma, and ageism. This situation has been exacerbated by Covid-19, racial violence, and opioid use, the report found. Children who have faced traumatic loss or traumatic situations which led to them growing up in families without their parents are particularly susceptible to experiencing mental health concerns. Additionally, gaps in America’s social safety net make it harder for these children to receive the care they need.
This event highlighted the key facts, findings, and recommendations from the report and included poetry and spoken word from grandfamilies and a powerful conversation with members of grandfamilies and Dr. Joseph Crumbley about the importance of mental health.
The discussion contains information related to mental health and wellness. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This conversation and the referenced report may contain sensitive or distressing material. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please seek immediate help from a qualified mental health professional or contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing “988” on your phone.
Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
Sonia Emerson, Child Welfare and Social Justice Advocate, ChildFocus Partners
Brittney Barros, Youth Advocate, Michigan
Angela Clements, Generations United GRAND Voice, Wisconsin
Dr. Joseph Crumbley, Trainer, Consultant, and Therapist
Bob Ruble, Generations United GRAND Voice, California
Special thanks to The Brookdale Foundation Group for making this report and event possible, and to Centene Corporation for their valuable support.
Read the report: https://www.gu.org/resources/building-resilience-grandfamilies-mental-health-and-wellness/