Jack's Toybox
Toys and Hope Fund Print E-mail
A fund for children and young people who visit their parents or grand parents in psychiatric hospitals.
  • The new fund is established to provide toys, support and practical assistance for children and young people who have a mentally ill parent.
  • The fund will firstly provide toys in family visiting rooms in psychiatric inpatient units in Victoria.

The fund is administered by 'The National Network of Adult and Adolescent children who have a Mentally Ill parent/s' (NNAAMI). Further information regarding NNAAMI and the needs of young people who cope with the behaviour and demands of a mentally ill parent can be found on the NNAAMI website www.nnaami.org or by phoning 03 98893095.

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Jack's Toyboxes (photos) Print E-mail
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Signage on Jack's Toy Boxes Print E-mail

The following is a sample of the signage displayed on Jacks Toy Box around Melbourne Australia.

Download the signage as a Word Document or as a PDF.

A special thank you to Bernadette, our Volunteer Co-ordinator for Jack

 
Accreditation Certificates Print E-mail
Displayed in Foyer of participating Mental Health Units.

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Participating Mental Health Units & Family Visiting Room Accreditation Guidelines Print E-mail

Download the Jack's Toybox Accreditation Guidelines as a Word Document or PDF.

A basic WAYMI Vision for MH units Worldwide.

We hope all MH units everywhere will have a homely and practical private family visiting room for all Families and Visitors, set aside and separate from treatment rooms, exclusively for family time.

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Poems Print E-mail

The police
The ambulance arrived
from nowhere
I cried and cried
I cried

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Jarvis Walker     Arlec

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Featured Articles

The 'Forgotten People'

by Anna Malbon from the Progress Press October 22, 1996

WHEN nine-year-old "Tom" was asked to draw a picture of himself with his mother be drew her trying to strangle him.

Tom entered the world of adults too early. If he was ever immune to the complications and pain of life that adults try to shelter from children, he says he can't remember.
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Bulletin Board

Crazy as a Fox

"I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love, I have major trust issues"

"I always thought it was just me"

What a relief to read your stories! It's only since I've read them that I see what an impact living with my sick mother has had on every aspect of my life. She has never been diagnosed. "Crazy as a Fox" is a term made for her. She is brilliant and outsmarts every professional that may diagnose and help her. I think she has borderline personality disorder, narcissism, ocd and she is without a doubt a hoarder. I live in the US. Today I received a letter saying that Indian child welfare has received a report about my family. My mother has contacted them 12 times in the last 8 years. I have been investigated 5 times for my parenting choices and each time have been found a loving, competent mother. I filed a restraining order against her 2 years ago because she called the police demanding to see my children while they were in day care. She showed up at my daughter's school every day last week. I allow her limited visitation with my children because she talks badly about me to them and is inappropriate and basically crazy. She told my younger son that she would love him more but I won't let her. Other members of my family have told me for years to cut her her completely out of our lives. This past June I let her stay in my home the entire month because she had no where else to go and yet she's telling my daughter's teachers that I don't allow her to see her grandchildren. I just turned 40 and it should be obvious to me that she will never be a mother to me. In her eyes I'm not her daughter but her enemy. In my heart I want a mom! Someone who has my back no matter what, who will help me and support me and help me raise my kids. I too have issues that I think stem from a lifetime of living with a sick woman. It is almost impossible for me to say no. Although I have a fulfilling life with awesome support n beautiful children I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love. I have major trust issues. I think it's time for me to cut her out of our lives before she breaks us. Good luck to you all and thank you for sharing your stories! I always thought it was just me

Rosie
USA