This website provides resources for parents who have concerns about the emotional and behavioral health of their child or teen, and want to know more about what they can do to help them grow up healthy and safe. You will find links to answers to questions parents have, including:
What can I do as a parent to help my child foster positive mental health and handle life’s challenges?
All caring parents strive to help their children be successful and happy, and often seek guidance regarding ways to promote achievement, positive self-esteem, adaptive problem-solving skills and resiliency. Broadly speaking, resiliency is the capacity to handle stress well. While none of us can avoid stress, there are a number of ways that parents can build “protective factors” in their children in order to foster resiliency. Parents can spend time with their teens, be good role models, teach good values and a sense of responsibility, as well as set rules and stick with them. Trusting your child to make good choices and continuing to love and support them when they make poor choices will help them learn from their mistakes and handle adversity in a healthy way. In addition, the Fairfax County Youth Survey has identified the following assets as being associated with reduced symptoms of depression in youth: participation in extra-curricular activities, volunteering, following rules, practicing problem-solving skills, and accepting responsibility for behaviors and choices.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth, from sleep, and nutritional habits, to protective factors and risk factors that influence their physical and mental well being. In addition, substance abuse behaviors and symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts and feelings are reported.
Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency
Major Depression Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center – “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action”
Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Merrifield Center Opening in January 20115 – New location for many of CSB services formerly located at Woodburn Mental Health Center
Screening for Depression
Mary Ann Panarelli, Ed.D.
February 8, 2016