Mental health is important

Mental and emotional health are part of a child's overall health – and something many parents and caregivers have concerns about at some point during a child's life. When these worries arise, it can be difficult to know if a child’s mood or behavior is a normal part of growing up or if it’s something more serious that may need professional attention. Even when a family feels certain that their child needs help, knowing how and where to find that help can be confusing.

We are here to help.

The topics below can help you better understand child and adolescent mental health and the range of services and supports available to families in the Greater Richmond area.

Answers to parents' frequently asked questions about children's mental health and how to find services.

Signs of Problems and Disorders
Information about behavioral and emotional problems that children experience, and when these problems may be serious enough to require professional help. Also, information about the most commonly-occurring disorders.

Understanding Evaluation and Treatment
Information about how children are evaluated for mental health issues, the roles of different providers, the range of treatments available for children, and more.

Getting Professional Help
This section explains the system of child mental health services in Virginia and how families can go about obtaining services.

Family Support
Connect with other families coping with child mental health problems and learn about support groups.

Trainings and Workshops
Learn about educational workshops and trainings for families of children with mental health needs.

Tips on Raising Healthy Kids
Information on parenting strategies and links to useful resources.







Date Reviewed: September 20, 2016