One of the hardest things when your child is facing some kind of behavior difficulty or crisis is knowing where to get help. Sometimes you also need help knowing what you can do at home to strengthen your child’s resilience while waiting to get into therapy, or as extra support for therapeutic help.
Here are five resources that our United Way experts recommend as good places to start.
If you’re struggling to find ways to pay for therapy (or other services), 2-1-1 is a free helpline. Anyone in the community can call to find out what services they might qualify for. It captures virtually every service in the state that serves low income families, so rather than call a hundred different places to find out what you might qualify for, 2-1-1 can be a one-stop-shop. The database includes everything from food support to group therapy to transportation.
2-1-1 also has an app and a website where you can search for resources. Ecclesiastical leaders, teachers, and anyone else can also call on behalf of someone they care about.
Effective Child Therapy
If you’re wondering how to go about finding a psychologist — or what red flags you should look out for when choosing a therapist — this website is a great place to start. It also talks you through questions to get insight on whether your child’s behavior is typical or a sign of a bigger issue. Also included are explanations of different kinds of evidence-based therapies.
Child Mind Institute
Like Effective Child Therapy, this resource-rich website was designed by trained professionals. It includes a symptom checker and useful articles to help with issues like abuse, bullying, depression, shyness, parenting, special needs, and many, many more applicable topics.
All of us should be trained in suicide prevention. QPR includes three simple steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. It teaches the kind of questions you should ask and how to be a kind listener. United Way provides a limited number of QPR Trainings, or reach out to Hope for Utah (hope4utah.com). Training takes about 1 hour.
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A good relationship with a caring adult is one of the biggest keys to a child’s resilience. United Way has teamed with child psychiatrists and public health professionals to develop an easy-to-implement framework to help us help the kids in our lives more effectively. Although most of us are not trained therapists, there are simple actions we can take to build resilience in others and show compassion and care for their struggles.