Monday, May 21, 2012
As one of the largest providers of mental health treatment services for children in Hamilton County, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati recognizes the importance of raising awareness during May, Children’s Mental Health Month. A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health indicates that two thirds of adolescents affected by mental health issues do not seek services. Mental health challenges have the potential to affect children’s emotional well-being as well as their academic goals and social interactions. Families can help support their children by understanding risk factors for mental health challenges and by increasing their awareness of treatment resources.
School-based counseling services from The Children’s Home made all the difference to Anita, a tenth grader who was struggling with depression and anger issues. She was starting fights, skipping school, and running away from her foster home for days at a time. Counseling services helped Anita get her behavior back on track. She started attending school regularly and even made honor roll this year. She has developed the coping skills and resiliency to progress from being an angry child to a bright, engaged, and motivated young woman. The Children’s Home offers school-based counseling services in over 130 schools, giving thousands of children access to treatment. They are also increasing the presence of pediatricians and child psychologists in schools to serve children who need medication management services.
During Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, The Children’s Home encourages parents and others with children in their lives to have conversations with children about the importance of mental wellness. Tell children that you care and are invested in helping them build resilience and coping skills to succeed and be happy. Contact The Children’s Home for more information on children’s mental health treatment and services.
Incorporated in 1864, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati transforms the lives of vulnerable children through education programs and treatment services. Last fiscal year, over 6,600 individuals were positively impacted through these services. For more information, call (513) 272-2800 or visit www.thechildrenshomecinti.org.