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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The last few years have led to a surge in children and adolescents suffering from mental health crises, and further attention to the vital job we have in supporting our loved ones.  As caregivers, you can play a critical role in monitoring for warning signs and reaching out for help if you note concerns.  Some clues that your child may need help include:

  • Persistant sadness
  • Withdrawing from or avoiding social interactions
  • Hurting oneself or talking about hurting oneself
  • Increased irritability
  • Behavior outbursts
  • Sudden changes in personality, mood or behavior
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Physical signs such as headaches or stomachaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Declines in school performance
  • Avoiding school or other activities
  • Talking about death or suicide

Please contact us today, if you have concerns about your child!  Remember that if you have immediate safety concerns, please go to the UVA emergency room.  24 hour support is also available through our Region 10 crisis line at 434-972-1800

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