Covenant Health leads our region in providing comprehensive treatment for mental and emotional problems, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Mental illness can affect people of any age, gender or background, and sadly, many who suffer do not seek treatment. Our Behavioral Health Services offer patients and their families the latest treatments and emotional support. The program includes adult inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization treatments.
The multidisciplinary treatment team approach addresses all aspects of a patient's health. This unique, total health care environment includes medical and surgical services in addition to behavioral care.
Covenant's Behavioral Health Services are designed to restore lives and put families back together. For more information, call 1.800.972.7575. Confidentiality is assured.
Tips for Teens Dealing with Emotional Health
- When feeling angry, worried or troubled, discuss your feelings with a parent, another trusted adult, or a trusted friend. Teachers and coaches are two examples of adults who can help.
- Find safe and healthy interests that you enjoy outside of school and home.
- Write down some goals for the future to help you stay focused on things that really matter. Read these 5 facts about goal setting to help you get started.
- Avoid using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; these don't help with problems and often make things worse. Instead, think about positive ways to handle problems and the feelings that go along with them.
- If you're in trouble with your mood, drug use, or sexuality, get help. You never need to feel alone.
- Build your resilience.
- Be self-aware, do you have a positive body image and healthy self-esteem
What Parents Can Do
- Listen to your teenager—let him or her talk out his problems with you before jumping in with a solution. Teens need adults to believe in them unconditionally and expect them to succeed.
- Encourage your teenager to get involved in activities that engage her with the community in a positive way. For some this may be sports or drama, for others it may involve tutoring younger kids or volunteering in the community.
- Set clear expectations that you want to know where your teen is and when they'll be back. Discuss with him the consequences of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Help your teen to identify other adults to turn to when she wants to talk.
- Let your high schooler know that it's okay to seek help from a counselor, health care professional, or trusted adult, if needed. Students and parents are encouraged to be aware of the services available at their school and how to access those services.
- Encourage your teen to explore solutions. In many cases, she will know about the solutions—for example, extra help after school —but may need your encouragement to try them.
- Everyone experiences anger and stress! Help your teen to find acceptable ways of working through these feelings.
Teenagers can be quite impulsive—never let a moment of despair become true tragedy. If your child is depressed or moody, be certain that he cannot access firearms, prescription drugs, or other dangerous items in your home.
Resources for Parents Dealing With Mental Illness
As parents, raising a child with mental illness can leave parents feeling fearful. Click here for answers to questions frequently asked by parents of a child with mental illness.