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Your Local CMN Hospital Treats Mental Health, Too!

Kids face a lot of health challenges as they grow up and that doesn’t just mean struggling with their bodies. Mental health has come to the forefront when it comes to children, and many CMN Hospitals have facilities dedicated to treating kids who have mental health conditions and researching ways to more effectively help them in their respective fights.

One of the biggest risks, especially when it comes to teens and young adults, comes in the form of suicidal ideation and attempts to take their own lives. This can be especially frightening for parents since the education on how to help your kids through tough times can be spotty at best. Thankfully, an overwhelming number of our hospitals have programs in place with advice for both kids and parents going through difficult mental struggles.

Here are just a few of our hospitals and resources to look into if you or your kids are dealing with a mental health crisis. Be sure to look into your local children’s hospital’s resources, too!

Shodair Children’s Hospital Montana

Shodair, located in Helena, MO, offers a bevy of resources for parents to help them determine if their children are at risk of suicide. There are links to seminars, guides, and organizations that specialize in suicide prevention. These include recommendations for safety apps that educate about coping strategies and promote relaxation and positive thinking. Additionally, Shodair emphasizes the importance of parents looking after their own needs so that they can better meet the needs of struggling kiddos.

Bella was treated at Shodair Children’s Hospital for bipolar disorder, OCD and separation anxiety. Bella struggles with a psychological disorder that millions of people struggle with across the nation. Thanks to donations, Bella’s children’s hospital is equipped with the technology and resources needed to support young patients like her. Give today to help more kids like Bella

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

For those between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide remains the second-leading cause of death. 3.2% of kids 3-17 have been diagnosed with depression, and experts predict far more go undiagnosed. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has The Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Research Center, a facility that tries to account for all of the factors that go into pushing children into depression or to the brink of suicide. The program offers advice on how parents can talk with their kids about suicide and links to programs that aim to improve mood as well as their young adult psychiatry services.

Texas Children’s Hospital

The folk at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX focus on crisis action. They offer a handy PDF with contact information for all kinds of local resources people can tap into if they are struggling. However, those who have immediate crises, they encourage people to call their doctor, Call 911 emergency services, travel to the nearest emergency room, talk with the people at the other end of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or to ask a friend to help them complete any of these steps.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

With 1in 6 teens contemplating suicide every year, the need for community resources remains great. Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, OH offers ways of recognizing signs of suicidality in kids and correct, healthy ways to respond. Additionally, they publish the latest research and news, offer insight from blogs posted by The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, as well as all kinds of professional resources and guidelines for kids and parents.

Children’s Hospital Colorado

If you are looking for answers about why suicide among youth has increased so much, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s suicide prevention efforts attempt to give context. They estimate that only 22% of Colorado’s kids with mental illness and severe impairment receive care. Another contributor to suicide happens to be stress and The American Psychological Association put out a survey in 2018 that shows a connection between social media use and increased stress. That same relationship seems to exist between kids and the news cycle. To combat this, Children’s Hospital Colorado has put together training for youth-facing professionals and creating better mental health support systems for young people. Their resource page presents a great deal of information and links to places for parents or kids to learn more.

If you feel you or your child are in a mental health crisis and don’t have the time to make an appointment or call your local children’s hospital, we encourage you to call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741-741. The lines and service is available to anyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are confidential. La línea también está disponible en español: 888-628-9454