Welcome to Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a family-run nonprofit organization that actively promotes and seeks solutions for mental health well being for our children and youth.

We work with government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations for the needs of children with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and their families. We are a chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

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For Families

Whether you are looking to connect with local resources or other local parents, receive support, access our list of respite care providers, or check out our resource library, we can help!

For Youth

Youth M.O.V.E. Idaho is made up of teenagers who want to help people understand what it is like to be a youth affected by emotional, behavioral or mental health issues in Idaho. Their goal is to teach peers, parents, providers, and others about the importance of youth voice.

The Parent Network

The Parent Network promotes a children’s mental health care system in Idaho where parents are viewed as valuable experts on their children, and treated as full and supported partners while having access to ­appropriate community based mental health care services and supports.

Please take the Parent Network Survey

Webinar Series

You are invited to our free June Parent Webinar! 

Due to a technical problem on the original broadcast day, this webinar has been rescheduled. If you registered for the June 10th webinar, you will need to register again for the June 18th webinar because the links have changed. Our apologies!

When: June 18, 2019 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Screen Time Health:Create Awareness, Build Connection, Avoid Battle

Constantly being plugged into technology and its effects on people and culture is one of the main issues of our time. It is important that we humanize ourselves with this issue and let our children know that we as adults are also struggling to know how to balance our lives with all of the technology that is available. There is so much fear surrounding this issue and lots of research pointing to screen time as a factor in declining mental health. Parents and kids are often locked in power struggles over screen use. However, not all screen time is equal.

Sometimes we use technology as a creative and connecting tool and other times it is an unhealthy tether, or an escape that is hard to break away from.

In this webinar you will learn how to strike a balance between the two. You will learn how to collaborate with your family to honestly assess each member’s screen habits. You will then be able to model a new level of self-awareness with your own screen use and begin to cultivate this awareness in your children.

We will also discuss some of the physical, social and psychological effects of screen use that is out-of-balance. You will learn how to use a tool called the Healthy Mind Platter to ensure you are creating conditions in your home for optimum brain health.

Once you are more in tune with our own screen habits, you will understand how to best model for your kids. From this space you can educate, create awareness and get buy-in that leads to self-regulation. Once you move away from power struggle and using screen time as reward and punishment, you can actually use the good parts of technology to deepen your connection with your children and move away from fear and struggles into greater joy on the parent/child journey.

Register in advance for this webinar here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar Presenter:

Vashti Summervill (PCI Certified Parent Coach ®, Therapeutic Consultant, Certified Teacher )
Vashti is a warrior mom of two teenage daughters, a certified teacher in the state of Idaho, a PCI Certified Parent Coach ®, has a Master of Music degree and is a musician. She is passionate about doing upstream work to reduce self-harm, anxiety, and depression in our youth. Vashti is also a coach for Homeward Bound, a company specializing in family systems work for prevention, early care or transitions when a child is returning from an out-of-home behavioral treatment program. She produces the podcast “Teen Connectivity” – a show dedicated to helping parents navigate the wilderness of adolescence. She currently serves as co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council representing families with children hospitalized due to a mental health crisis, is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition Board, trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and is a QPR Instructor (Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training).

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Informal Support Groups

Parents/caregivers benefit from the opportunity to come together with other parents that share the journey of raising children with mental health challenges. These gathering can provide support, information and networking. If you would like to meet other parents/caregivers in your community lets us know.