If you are in need of resources for any of the following issues, please visit your counselor for more information.
- anger management
- child abuse/neglect
- depression and other mental health issues
- domestic violence
- eating disorders
- grief and loss
- peer pressure
- sexual assault
- stress management
When does my child need help?
Parents are usually the first to recognize that their child has a problem with emotions or behavior. Still, the decision to seek help can be difficult and painful for a parent. The first step is to gently try to talk to the child. An honest, open talk about feelings can often help. Parents may choose to consult with the child's physicians, teachers, school counselor, members of the clergy or other adults who know the child well.
Some signs that your teen may need help are:
- Marked change in school performance.
- Inability to cope with problems and daily activities.
- Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits.
- Many physical complaints.
- Sexual acting out.
- Depression shown by sustained, prolonged negative mood and attitude, often accompanied by poor appetite, difficulty sleeping or thoughts of death.
- Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Intense fear of becoming obese with no relationship to actual body weight, purging food or restricting eating.
- Persistent nightmares.
- Threats of self-harm or harm to others.
- Self-injury or self-destructive behavior.
- Frequent outbursts of anger, aggression.
- Threatens to run away.
- Aggressive or non-aggressive consistent violation of rights of others; opposition to authority, truancy, thefts, or vandalism.
- Strange thoughts and feelings; and unusual behaviors.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Facts for Families also offers guidelines for parents dealing with tough mental health issues. Additional information is available on their website at http://www.aacap.org/page
Please visit our parent resources page for information about community resources that may be able to help.