Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Warning Signs
This page explains different warning signs that indicate the possibility of a mental health or substance abuse problem.
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.
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
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.
Communicating With Your Child's Teacher
One of the best ways that parents can help their children succeed in school is to be involved with their education. This starts with communicating well with your child's teacher. Basically, good communication involves meeting with the teacher, being a positive and courteous partner in your child's learning, and keeping the lines of communication open in various ways throughout the year.
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.
School Psychiatry Program
This page was created for parents, educators, clinicians and clinicians-in-training to identify and support the needs of children and adolescents with mental health conditions. When these needs are understood and properly supported, life at school, at home, and with peers can improve dramatically. This page also contains information regarding mental health disorders, medication, screening tools, and interventions to use in the classroom.
What information should I take to the Doctor?
Talking to the doctor: Tips about how to communicate with your child's doctor about your concerns: Communicating With Your Doctor (video)
Health Minds. Health Lives
An American Psychiatric Association (APA) expert answers common questions about mental health
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.