Parents looking for summer support

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's summertime, meaning it's time for vacations and spending lots of time with family and friends enjoying the beautiful warm weather.

But for families who have a child with a mental illness or disability summer may not always mean rest and relaxation.

Typically, school provides care for those students, but without the structure of classes, parents are often left in a panic and searching for support.

"Being able to not only sort of share those struggles with people who understand but also to share ideas and things that people have done to make that easier is really valuable to families," says STRiVE - Parenting Place coordinator, Sarah Johnson.

STRiVE and other groups across the Grand Valley provide many options specifically for those kids, like camps and movie nights.

But they also have support groups and classes aimed at parents and families to educate and help them build those much needed connections.

NAMI Western Slope is putting on a 5-week 'Colorado Visions' course for caregivers and parents of children with mental health issues. For more information or to register, call: 970-462-3989

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