Children deserve to be healthy. And that includes their mental health.
LCFS has always placed a high priority on children and to protect a child’s integrity, self-worth and mental health through professional, compassionate counseling.
The Mental Health Crisis in Children
When to Seek Help
Kids express mental health or behavioral issues in a variety of ways. Occasional outbursts are normal to growing up. However, if a pattern emerges and begins to affect a child’s schoolwork, peer relationships or family dynamics, it may be time for a professional evaluation.
Things to watch for:
- Sadness or moodiness lasting more than a week
- Anxious behaviors including excessive crying, self-harm or visible nervous behaviors
- Repeated outbursts of anger and defiance with or without physical actions
- A different eating pattern such as refusing to eat or gorging
- Withdrawing or refusing to participate in friend, group or family activities
We Can Help
- With parental consent, we will reach out to and work with key adults in that child’s world – parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, pediatricians to ensure a continuum of support and care.
- We will create an individual plan of care based on a child’s specific, unique needs
- We will stay with a child until he or she is in a stronger, healthier place
- We will involve parents and keep them involved in all aspects of their child’s care