If you are concerned that your child may have an emotional, behavioral or mental health problem often a good place to start is to talk your concerns over with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor. If your child does not have a pediatrician or family physician that they see regularly, you can also contact your local community mental health, your child’s school or the clinic you take your child to for health care check-ups.
Be prepared to share details about your concerns including being able to list the behaviors, situations, symptoms or emotional reactions that concern you; how long these types of things have been happening and how often; and, things or situations that seem to make your child feel worse or better.
You can find more detailed information about how to prepare for talking with someone about your concerns including what to ask or what to share and possible red flags that your child may have a mental health issue and by clicking here or visiting the Mental Health 101 section of our site.
For more information about accessing mental health for your child using public mental health services click here.
For more information about using private insurance to access mental health services click here instead.
If you are unable to find the information you need after exploring the website or if you have difficulty getting you concerns addressed or accessing the help you need call the ACMH today – we may be able to help!