Warning Signs/If you think a child needs help
Concern about a child's behavior or feelings?
Are you concerned about your child's behavior or feelings? Here are some answers to basic questions
Does Your Child Have a Mental Health Disorder?
Does your child need help? Here are some guidelines and tips to help you sort out what's normal and when you might want to seek out advice from your child's doctor or a mental health professional.
American Academy of Pediatrics The AAP provides a broad range of education and training activities. The education and training programs provided are high quality, relevant, and accessible.
Grieving issues Are you concerned about a child experiencing loss or grief? These pages contain information that may help.
Communicating with Parents
Communicating Sensitively with Parents
This page has great tips on how to communicate with the parents of children who have having a difficult time in the school setting. Be sure to remind parents to ask their family doctor to check their child for physical health problems that may cause the same or similar symptoms before a referral for a mental health evaluation is made.
Recommendations on Helpful Ways for School Professionals and Families to Talk about Mental Health Related Concerns
Schools are a critically important source of information for families about their children, including information about their emotional and mental well being. With children in the classroom for the majority of their day, teachers and school professionals are in a key position to notice learning, functioning and behavioral problems that should be communicated to parents.
Mental Health in the Classroom
This is another site that can be used to assist educators in the classroom with children who have mental health or behavioral problems
School Based Services
This page shows various resources within the school setting to assist a child.
This site contains contact information for crisis situations and this page will answer frequent questions that are asked regarding crisis services.
How to Access Mental Health Services
This is a general reference that can be used to explain what steps to take to access mental health and substance abuse services for your child. It explains what to do in an emergency, a non-emergency, when you have insurance questions, and how to apply for Disabled Child's Medicaid, a type of insurance that is based on the child's diagnosis (Axis I and some Axis II diagnoses) and the child's income - NOT THE PARENTS' INCOME - so this is a way of getting benefits that one's private insurance does not cover.
System of Care
A system of delivering service that is child centered and assures effective, timely, and appropriate support for Delaware's Children
This is a good resource for taking the right steps to finding a mental health provider for a child
Behavioral health glossary
This glossary contains terms frequently used when referring to the mental health needs of children and adolescents. The list is alphabetical. Words in italics are defined separately within the glossary. Since the words service and services are used frequently throughout the glossary, it may be helpful to begin by reading the definition for service.
Substance Abuse Glossary
This is a glossary provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
AACAP (Mental Health Disorders)
An Alphabetical list of quick facts on Mental Health Disorders specially designed for Families:
SAMHSA (Mental Health Disorders)
Quick Facts on Mental Health Disorders from SAMHSA
UCLA School Mental Health Project "provides education leaders with meaningful and ongoing learning opportunities around planning and implementing improved policies, practices, and systems for addressing barriers to learning and teaching."
Medications and other mental health education
Be sure to remind parents to ask the child's physician to check for physical health problems that may cause the same or similar symptoms before a referral for a mental health evaluation is made.
Psychiatric Medication For Children And Adolescents
Medication can be an effective part of the treatment for several psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence. A doctor's recommendation to use medication often raises many concerns and questions in both the parents and the youngster. The physician who recommends medication should be experienced in treating psychiatric illnesses in children and adolescents. He or she should fully explain the reasons for medication use, what benefits the medication should provide, as well as possible risks and side effects and other treatment alternatives.
Mental Health Medications Index & Information
The information you will find here is meant as a guide to better inform you. Most medications have side effects, and if any of these concern you please talk this over with your doctor.
Mental Health Videos
This site provides informative videos regarding mental health and other health related concerns. Here are some other videos below:
Additional Mental Health Videos
Here are some additional vides that can assist with the understanding of mental health related concerns.
This is a PowerPoint presentation that was given to Newark teachers and staff members regarding students who are struggling in the academic environment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REVIEW THE HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS SECTIONS OF THIS SITE!