When a child or family is coping with mental health problems, particularly during an acute crisis, one of the biggest challenges can be finding appropriate support services. For parents, the key to handling mental disorders of children is to recognize the disorder and seek appropriate treatment. Most disorders have specific diagnostic criteria and treatments, and a complete evaluation by a mental health provider can determine whether a child needs help, and what treatment is appropriate. When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and in the extreme, suicide.
Don't know where to start:
Call your family/child's physician. They are equipped to address the growing need of behavioral health services
Ask your health insurance company for a list of covered providers.
School Guidance Counselor
School Adjustment Counselor
Despite the increase in publicity surrounding mental health and mental health issues, there is still a lack of understanding about mental health in general. One in every five Americans experiences mental illness at least once in a lifetime or experiences numerous or persistent episodes. The majority of psychiatric disorders can be effectively treated.
Newburyport High School is committed to ensuring that students have a safe, nurturing school environment and receive the supports and services necessary to remain safe and, maintain their health status. Health Services is helpful in providing assistance, and guidance to appropriate resources and services.
Mobile Crisis Unit/ North Essex Call 24 hours day / 7 days a week (866) 523-1216
Department of Children and Families Formerly DSS Child-at-Risk Hotline 1-800-792-5200 Protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families.
Team Coordinating Agency Haverhill, MA 978-373-3333 Provides outpatient substance abuse treatment and offer a Student Assistance program that is after school hours called S.O.A.P. They have an outpatient clinic and range of family support services. They are on the public bus line. Insurance, sliding fee scale and state funding.
Amesbury Psychological Center, Inc, Amesbury, Ma 978- 388-5700 Provides a full range of clinical support services which include substance abuse counseling and support). Insurance, sliding scale fees, and state funding for services. http://www.amesburypsychological.com/servicesUC.html
Health & Education Services Haverhill area 978-521-7777 / 800-281-3223. Health and Education Services, is part of Northeast Behavioral Health. Haverhill, Ma. They offer 24-hour emergency services and have full behavioral health/mental health range of services. They also offer outpatient substance abuse counseling and treatment. Insurance, sliding scale fees and state funding for services. They are on the public bus line.
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center 24 Hour hotline 978-388-1888 SafeLink: 1-877-785-2020 The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE Services and programs to victims of domestic violence, confidential counseling, legal assistance, children's support and empowerment programs. http://www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org/
Pettengill House 978-463-8801 To support and empower children and families by providing education coordinated services, emergency assistance and basic needs.