Raising children is hard work, and it’s especially challenging when your child has a mental health condition. A client, the parent of an adolescent with a serious mental illness, recently told us:

“When things go severely wrong with kids, as parents we don’t know what to do.  When other kids are spending evenings doing homework and normal things, we are physically holding down a screaming, out-of-control child having a tantrum, and just trying to keep them alive. It feels shameful, and no one wants to talk about that. Yet, there are transformative programs out there like wilderness programs or therapeutic boarding schools, places that have saved my son’s life.”

Just as people seek help identifying the right homecare or nursing home options for an aging parent, those managing the care of a child with mental illness need support and guidance. When a child has a severe mental illness, a psych hospital is not the only option. In fact, there are various treatment possibilities, ranging from boarding schools that offer mental health care to intensive outpatient programs, but it’s important to find the right fit. A health advisor can aid in determining which options to consider based on your child’s individual needs.

At Better Health Advisors, we work with the child’s parents and entire care team, including therapists, specialists, and other important stakeholders. We leverage our network to find great programs and resources, and we make sure the parents understand the options so that they can make informed decisions about the best care for their child.
We help with:

  • Identifying appropriate treatment programs
  • Coordinating with key stakeholders  (including psychiatrists, doctors, counselors, physical therapists, etc.) to create, coordinate, and carry out the child’s overall care plan
  • Tracking the child’s medical history and progress so that providers can make effective treatment decisions
  • Separating the medical components of an illness from the mental health aspects so they can both be treated appropriately
  • Managing care proactively so the child’s team can do more than just respond to crises

For an overview of different mental health conditions and how family members can support people living with these conditions, download our Mental Health Information Packet. If you have questions, email John and the BHA team at john@betterhealthadvisors.com.