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Children Embracing in Circle

Youth Mental Health Support

"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself"

- Matthew 6:34

Pediatrics and Teens

Studies have shown that 80-90% of children will experience at least 1 traumatic experience during childhood. An estimated 54.1% of children have a chronic health illness including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, asthma, obesity, epilepsy, cancer, and heart conditions. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among ages 10-24 and has been increasing every year since 2007. There are nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the U.S.

 

From the many studies and statistics, it is clear that many of our children are facing some very difficult challenges, but less than 15% of children in the U.S. ever receive help processing and coping with their emotions.

By working with a  mental health and wellness coach children and teens can learn to effectively manage their emotions, gain confidence, become more independent, decrease feelings of fear and sadness, perform better in school, develop healthy relationships with friends and family, improve communication skills, improve overall health, navigate life with a chronic illness, develop healthy eating and exercise habits, learn to set boundaries, relieve stress, learn organization skills, and so much more. 

Through developing coping skills, having an outside support person, encouragement, learning about emotions, goal setting, developing a sense of purpose and meaning, increasing self-awareness, learning to reframe thoughts and obstacles, and the many more skills developed in coaching sessions, children and teens can thrive! 

Hidden Signs of Anxiety in Children and Teens:

  • Upset bellies (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)

  • Headaches 

  • Feeling short of breath 

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep 

  • Not feeling rested upon waking 

  • Avoidance 

  • Crying or difficulty managing emotions 

  • Easily angered 

  • Irritability 

  • "What if" questions 

  • Needing frequent reassurance 

  • Nightmares 

  • Inside cheek biting, nail biting, picking, chapped lips

  • Avoiding social interactions 

  • Changes in eating habits 

  • Frequently missed school assignments 

  • Decline in grades at school 

  • Feeling overwhelmed by school workload 

  • Feelings of depression

  • Lack of emotion 

  • Risky behaviors 

  • Avoiding places, people, conversations or situations

  • Repeating behaviors like touching, counting, tapping, blinking, excessive hand washing, etc.

  • Feeling "crazy" 

  • Guild or shame 

  • Hoarding, messy environments, disorganization, and/ or keeping an excessively clean environment  

  • Becoming clingy with a parent, teacher, or other adult in their life 

  • Excessive technology use 

  • Panic attacks 

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