Children's Mental Health Week 2013
Families confronted with a child who is suffering from an emotional, behavioral, or learning problem can be confused and frustrated when they attempt to seek help. Psychologists who are trained and experienced in treating children, adolescents, and families provide assessment and treatment that often reduces or alleviates suffering. Psychologist also use research to understand and explain how children grow and change as well as to test out the procedures, techniques, and approaches that are most likely to be effective.
Below are some websites that provide information about children's mental health and treatments for typical problems. These sites provide important information about effective treatments, typical development, as well as helping parents to advocate for their child's needs.
A summary of the current research demonstrating effective treatments for typical child and adolescent mental health problems. http://effectivechildtherapy.com/sccap/?m=sPublic&fa=sPublic
A website devoted to child mental health that includes information about needs, treatments, special topics, and advocacy; http://www.childmind.org/.
Traumatic events devastate families and can have a lasting impact on a child. Parents are often looking for guidance in finding an effective treatment for their child. This website is devoted to educating families on services for traumatized children: http://www.nctsnet.org/.
A government website with a wealth of information on child and adult mental health issues and services. http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Issues-Conditions-Disorders.
The American Psychological Association (www.apa.org) provides a wealth of resources including a blog that represents the collective insights a group of psychologists on child well being. http://www.yourmindyourbody.org/category/children/.
Youth suicide is a terrifying issue to confront and no one should have to do it alone. Two website provide education, advocacy, and support for teens and familes: http://www.sptsusa.org/parents/ and http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=056954D8-0D84-0DD0-4984862095B0D073.
Another helpful resource is a book published by the American Psychological Association: How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child by Ellen Braaten, Phd. APA: Washington DC. Available at www.apa.org.
The Massachusetts Psychological Association also provides a member directory which includes information about specialty training and practice to support parents looking for a provider.
Downloads Additional Information:
NCCP Fact Sheet
National Federation of Families Fact Sheet
Facts on Children’s Mental Health in America