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Mental Health Awareness Month: Breaking the Stigma

By May 3, 2024No Comments

During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s crucial to shine a spotlight on an often-overlooked aspect of this conversation: the mental well-being of children. In a world that’s increasingly complex and fast-paced, the mental health of our youngest humans is of paramount importance. Anxiety and depression among children are on the rise, making it imperative that we prioritize care and support for them. There is mental health support for your kids right here in Omaha!

Children, just like adults, can experience a wide range of mental health challenges. Anxiety and depression are among the most common issues faced by young minds. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years in the United States have been diagnosed with anxiety, and 3.2% have been diagnosed with depression. These numbers, while already concerning, are believed to be underestimates due to various factors, including stigma and lack of access to mental health services.

Child Saving Institute (CSI) offers individual and family counseling services, ensuring your entire family receives wrap-around care. While CSI also offers mental health support groups, the expert care of our immediate therapy services is our utmost priority for your family. One of the primary reasons why this expert care is crucial for children is because of the impact these conditions can have on their overall well-being and development. Mental health issues can affect a child’s academic performance, social relationships, self-esteem and even physical health. They may struggle with concentration, experience frequent mood swings, or withdraw from activities they once enjoyed with their friends. Without proper intervention, these challenges can persist into adulthood and have long-term consequences.

“Mental health shape’s people’s trajectories.”

Maureen W. Gatere | DNP, MPH, APRN

CSI utilizes a multi-faceted approach. What does this mean exactly? This may include working with your child’s:

  • Therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Pediatrician
  • Teachers
  • Family Members

Each of these stakeholders plays a vital role in assessing, diagnosing and providing appropriate support.

In some cases, medication is a necessary method to supporting your child and their health. CSI has a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Maureen W. Gatere, on-site with immediate openings. Maureen provides psychiatric evaluations for children and youth who may benefit from additional support through Medication Management Services. Treatment begins with a psychiatric evaluation. This assessment is the starting point to develop a treatment plan, which may involve medication management, health education and supportive and problem-focused psychotherapy, as needed.

Family involvement is another key component of expert care for children’s mental health. Parents and caregivers are often the first line of support for their children. By being informed about mental health issues, learning effective communication strategies, and seeking guidance from professionals, you can create a nurturing and validating home environment that promotes healing, growth and positive mental well-being for your kids.

Early intervention is crucial. The sooner a child receives expert care, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Ignoring or dismissing mental health concerns can lead to worsening symptoms, increased distress and potential long-term consequences. By addressing these issues proactively, CSI can help your child learn healthy coping mechanisms, improve their quality of life, and set them on a path to a healthy life.

CSI has immediate openings in Pediatric & Adolescent Therapy and Medication Management. Your child can receive support now. To book an appointment for therapy or medication support, click here. We can’t wait to meet you!