"You Are Not Alone!" Welcome to G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

FREE support available to parents and families include:

  • Support by phone at 1-800-264-9224
  • Monthly support groups
  • Workshops on topics related to emotional and behavioral health
  • Opportunities to network with other families
  • Information on resources and public services available to you and your family
  • Programs for passing on your knowledge and assisting other families
  • Leadership skills and quality assurance advocacy through the F.A.C.E.S. Council

We are parents helping each other; we offer unconditional support – no blame, no shame and no judgment. We want you to know that you are not ALONE!

Learn more about us, our staff, support groups, resources and much more.

Untitled Document Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 3-9, 2015

G.E.A.R. Parent Network offers a variety of events and materials statewide to promote National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Help stress the importance of including mental health in all public health conversations by getting involved:

  • Service providers may request a free Advocacy Toolkit containing green ribbons and awareness materials for distribution to families statewide (call 1-800-264-9224).
  • Attend free kick-off event at the Augusta Children’s Discovery Museum on Monday, May 4 from 2-6 p.m.
  • Attend G.E.A.R. workshops and special activities in your community during the month of May.
  • Participate in educational workshops, family friendly guided hikes and seed-planting activities at local farmers' markets for all families across the state.

For more information, visit the event web page or contact G.E.A.R. Parent Network at 1-800-264-9224.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network offers three surveys for caregivers of children with behavioral health concerns to identify their experiences and needs. Please take the surveys below to help us learn which supports would be most helpful to you.

The Family/Caregiver Survey asks you to identify the immediate and long-term effects of caregiver strain, as well as what would reduce the strain and improve health and well-being.

The Parent/Caregiver Support Needs Assessment assists our program in tailoring which types of support groups, workshops and/or activities you may be interested in attending.

Help G.E.A.R. Parent Network inform the system of care to better understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that families have been exposed to. This information will also help us provide future educational workshops, awareness and prevention of ACEs.