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.
Department of Children and Families
Protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families.
Team Coordinating Agency
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
a full range of clinical support services which include substance abuse
counseling and support). Insurance, sliding scale fees, and state
funding for services.
Health & Education Services
978-521-7777 / 800-281-3223.
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
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
24 Hour hotline 978-388-1888
The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE
and programs to victims of domestic violence, confidential
counseling, legal assistance, children’s support and empowerment
To support and empower children
and families by providing education coordinated services, emergency
assistance and basic needs.