Does my child need help?
Kids have a way of asking for help that’s not always verbal. The issues that many children and young adults face today are very real. So are the emotions that come with them.
What are some common trigger points that might lead you to seek out help for your child?
- Are they making threats? Whether to siblings, parents, teachers, peers?
- Are they acting out in school or at home? Has the behavior escalated to an unsafe level or to the point where the parent can no longer handle it without help?
- Are their grades suddenly slipping? Losing interest in school? Falling behind academically?
- Has there been a change to the family dynamic that’s caused a disruption? Divorce, a new sibling, a parent’s new boyfriend/girlfriend, a move to a new neighborhood or school…
- Has a trauma occurred in the child’s life, such as sexual or physical abuse? Or did they witness a trauma to someone else?
- Do they show signs of feeling depressed? Do they feel like they simply don’t belong or lack purpose?
Mental health counseling has gone mainstream. There’s no shame in seeking help. No stigma attached. It can benefit the parent and siblings as much as the child being primarily treated.
The easiest decision you can make is to call for an assessment. Let a trained professional talk to your child and discuss your options about what might be appropriate.
Counseling sessions can be available in our office … in the child’s school … at home. Medicare and private health insurance plans typically cover most services.
The next step is easy
You’ve taken the first step toward getting help by seeking information online. Now follow through by giving Youth Intensive Services a call at 330-318-3436 or completing our online referral form to tell us what you’re facing.