It's easy to spot when your child has a fever or needs a Band-Aid, but mental health problems can be harder to identify. The tricky part of parenting is to know the behaviors and moods that are just part of growing up or something more serious. AltaPointe is here to help parents get answers to the questions, "What's normal? What's not? What's next?" as it observes Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6 –10.
AltaPointe will dedicate the week to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children's mental health and emphasizing the importance of family involvement in children's mental health.
AltaPointe professionals will address a number of behaviors in children and teens, including mood changes, fear or worry, anger or out-of-control behaviors, and difficulty concentrating. Professionals also will offer free mental health screenings to children and teens on Friday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
BayPointe Children's Hospital, owned and operated by AltaPointe and the only psychiatric children's hospital in our region, also will hold a number of "awareness" events in which staff members and the current child and teen patients will participate.
The week will culminate with the Mental Health Matters Festival, Friday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at AltaPointe's Children's Outpatient Services annex located at 3650 Old Shell Road near the I-65 Service Road. The festival is open to the public and will include free food, games, prizes and free mental health screenings.
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