Mental Health One on One

Mental Health Program

(757) 668-7525

CHKD's growing Mental Health Program was established to bring excellence, innovation, accessibility and hope to mental health care and to empower every member of our community to assist our children with overcoming today's unprecedented mental health crisis.

A Team Approach to Care

CHKD's Mental Health Program includes experts in the fields of child psychiatry, psychology, licensed clinical social work and licensed professional counseling. We strive to collaborate closely with primary care pediatricians, pediatric specialists and caregivers on early identification of mental health vulnerabilities.

Removing the Stigma

Mental health diagnoses warrant the same care and respect that any other form of illness receives. Mental illness is not caused by character flaws or personal weakness. Most mental health diagnoses arise from a combination of factors such as brain chemistry, family history, and life experiences. People with mental illness cannot simply "snap out of it" if they try hard enough. Most people with mental health diagnoses need a team of supporters and trained professionals to maintain wellness.

Symptoms

It is important to recognize behaviors in children that can be symptoms of mental health diagnoses. Symptoms may include any of the following and may occur in a variety of settings (home, school, with peers or family members):

  • Significant changes in sleep or appetite
  • Social isolation (withdrawing from friends/activities they once enjoyed)
  • Self-injurious behavior such as head banging or cutting
  • Significant changes in mood when compared with previous mood levels
  • Talk about death/dying, for example: “It would be easier if I wasn’t here.”

If You Need Help

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, the best place to start is with your child's primary care pediatrician. Many of CHKD's pediatricians have completed advanced training in the management of disorders such as ADHD, depression and anxiety. If needed, they can also refer patients to CHKD's outpatient mental health providers and/or the CHKD emergency room for urgent needs. As always, call 911 if anyone's life is in danger.

Practice Locations
(757) 668-7525