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@WitsEnd Needs Your Help

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

This winter I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful and innovative new organization. @WitsEnd was founded by Tricia Slavik who has first hand knowledge of the stresses and frustrations faced by parents of children with special needs.

@WitsEnd is still in the startup phase.  The organization’s long-term goal is to create a comprehensive website that will provide information and support to parents. Services will include information on service providers (doctors, therapist, etc.), a place for parents to connect with other parents, a list of services available through schools districts and other institutions, and much more.

When I explain to people my vision for @Wit’s End, I get two reactions. Mental illness professionals can not believe something like it doesn’t already exist. When I tell parents who have kids like mine, their eyes widen with the look of hope – and then they plead with me, “Start it soon Tricia! We need it now!”

That’s when I know I am doing the right thing, although frequently I feel a little bit over my head.

@Wit’s End will be a first of its kind resource for parents (or anyone) whose child suffers from a mental illness. – Tricia Slavik (Source)

You can help @WitsEnd grow by voting for them for the Child Mind Institute’s Change Maker Awards. Nominations are open now and will close on March 30th.

You can connect with @WitsEnd on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.


  1. Thank you Rachel for the shout out and support.


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