Community Reach Center is passionate and cares about youth mental health. An average of 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States experiences a mental health problem each year. Left untreated, poor mental health can affect a youth's ability to learn, develop friendships, engage well with their families, and can threaten their safety. Community Reach Center provides private, confidential, evidence-based counseling for children, teens and their families at any of the Center's five outpatient offices, in most Adams County public schools and in other community-based settings. Our goal is to help youth overcome their difficulties and become more resilient.
Is your child troubled by severe worry or anxiety? Has he or she experienced a sudden drop in grades despite trying very hard? Are they refusing to go to school or take part in activities that are normal for the child's age? These are signals that something might be wrong. Since young people are still growing and developing, the sooner you diagnose and treat the problem, the less impact the illness will have on the youth’s development.
Substance abuse or dependence is the most commonly diagnosed condition for young people, followed by anxiety disorders, depressive disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Community Reach Center provides prevention and treatment for all of these conditions.
Some youth experiment with alcohol or drugs. However, a substance use disorder develops when they begin to use regularly and become dependent on it for coping. Undiagnosed mental health problems can also lead to self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, which can lead to substance use disorders. Professional counselors are skilled at diagnosing and treating youth mental health issues, including substance use problems, as well as any underlying mental health problems.
Anxiety can be a normal part of a child’s life. If a child is performing in a school play or trying out for the basketball, it is expected that he or she would experience some level of anxiety. However, when a child has experienced repeated traumas from a young age, their base level of anxiety can be elevated, making it difficult to manage normal stress. Children who engage in counseling can learn new skills to manage stress and anxiety.
Depression in young people can take the form of frequent physical complaints, difficulties in concentrating, negative mood and attitude and thoughts of death. You might notice mood swings or changes in eating and sleeping patterns. It is important to take these signs and symptoms seriously in order to keep your child safe. Child therapy and group counseling can help with recovery. If a child is threatening suicide, call 911 or go to a crisis center.
Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, commonly called ADHD, is a condition where a child has difficulty concentrating, paying attention, focusing and sitting still. They can be easily distracted, impulsive and experience difficulty in the classroom. While most children exhibit these behaviors some of the time, a child with ADHD will have difficulty functioning successfully in a variety of areas in his or her life. ADHD is treatable through medication and/or counseling. Counseling and occupational therapy with both the child and the parents can help to identify behavioral and environmental strategies to increase the success of the child.
Youth from low-income households and those who have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are at higher risk for developing a mental illness or substance use disorder. Other adverse childhood experiences that may lead to youth mental health issues include abuse, neglect, divorce, serious illness and domestic or community violence.
Community Reach Center can help parents learn strategies to foster resilience, such as developing nurturing parenting skills, creating stable family relationships and offering household rules and parental guidance. Caring adults outside the family can also serve as role models or mentors to bolster a child’s coping skills.
Community Reach Center provides many evidence-based services that address entire family needs, including case management, in-home services, couples counseling and group therapy. Please contact us at (303) 853-3500.