Supporting Siblings during Covid-19 (Zoom Series)
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL), Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP), and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
This Zoom Meeting Series, held the first Thursday night of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm, creates and opportunity for siblings to meet other children and teens who have a brother or sister with mental health issues. The Zoom session is facilitated by doctors in the psychiatry dept. at UMASS Medical School. See the program flyer for more details about the program and how to register.
Massachusetts Sibling Support Network
MSSN is a network made up of adult siblings, parents of young siblings, service providers, educators, mental health, and medical professionals. They provide information on sibling issues, referrals to sibling services, and social connections for siblings of all ages. Visit the MSSN website to learn more.
Sibling Support Project
The Sibling Support Project is supports siblings of all ages through their publications, online communities for teen and adult siblings, and workshops and trainings. They help communities start Sibshops – “lively peer support groups for school-age brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities and health concerns.” They have several books for all ages to promote awareness of sibling issues and concerns. Visit the Sibling Support Project website to learn more.
Sibling Leadership Network
The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) provides siblings with information, support, and tools to help them advocate for their brothers and sisters with disabilities. SLN hosts an annual conference and has several resources, including webinars, publications, research materials, and a podcast, available on their website. Visit the SLN website to learn more.
Supporting Siblings of Children with Mental Health Needs (PDF Download)
This document, written by Emily Rubin and published by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network, provides important information on sibling experiences, why and how to support siblings and state and local resources to support siblings. View the online PDF.