Children & Families

Symptoms of mental illness can start at any age and certainly do not discriminate based on age, gender, race or social class. Mental illness present challenges for children and their families.

As with medical conditions, intervening as early as possible with a mental illness is extremely important. Symptoms usually start early. Fifty percent of all people with mental illness have their symptoms start by age 14, 75% by age 24. Many delay entering treatment for 10 or more years.

Mental Health for Parents

Having a child can be one of the most exciting times in a lifetime but also one of the most frightening. While it is extremely important to make sure that the infant is properly
cared for, the mother and father
also need to take care of themselves.
Postpartum depression can
have a tremendous impact on
the mother-child bond; it is
crucial to recognize symptoms
early and intervene when
necessary.

Mental Health for Children & Teens

Being a teenager is hard enough with academic and peer pressure, not to mention the changing moods and hormones. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, talk to a trusted adult about
it; help is available, and it takes a
much stronger person to ask for it
than to do nothing about
the problem.

Mental Health for Seniors

Aging is tough enough, but even harder for those who are sad, lonely, anxious or having memory problems. Often seniors, their family, friends and even their doctors fail to recognize symptoms to treatable mental disorders. Some are
ashamed, in denial or are afraid to
report changes, while others
believe that these changes are
an inevitable part of aging.