Resources:
• Mosaic Community Services, Inc.: 410-751-5970
• Carroll County Health Department Mental Health Services List: 410-876-4916
• Children’s Defense Fund
• Governor’s Office for Children: 410-767-4160
• NotMyKid: 602-652-0163
• Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
• National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
• National Mental Health Association
• Stop A Suicide Today: 1-800-273-8255
• Anxiety Disorders Association of America: 240-485-1001
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
• Carroll County Youth Services Bureau: 410-848-2500
• Carroll Hospital Center: 410-871-6971
• Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland: 410-876-1233
• Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health: 410-730-8267
• National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Carroll County: 410-857-3650
• New Perspectives: 410-751-9205
• Villa Maria Behavioral Health Services: 410-840-2495
• National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): 206-382-3587
• Teen Central Net
• Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
• Maryland Community Services Locator: 301-405-9796
• National Hope Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
• Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000
• Carroll County Health Department Bureau of Prevention, Wellness, and Rovery: 410- 876-4440
• Mosaic Community Services: 410-453-9553
• Treatment4addiction.com/: 866-206-8656
• Carroll Counseling Center: 410-549-5181
• Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Admin (Getting Through Tough Economic Times)
• Carroll Hospital Center Behavioral Health & Addictions: 410-871-7110
• Cedar Ridge Counseling: 410-552-0773
• Carroll Mental Health: 410-552-9004
• Catoctin Counseling Center: 410-848-9091
• Finksburg Counseling: 410-751-6176
• Foster, Jodi, LCPC: 443-536-7340
• Inner Journey Counseling Center: 410-615-6846
• Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program: 410-955-3863
• Life Renewal Services Inc: 443-289-8149
• Locklear, Eileen, PhD: 410-795-4764
• NAMI of Carroll County: 410-857-3650
• North Carroll Counseling Center: 410-552-9007
• Patterson Psychological Services: 410-549-1040
• Potomac Case Management: 443-244-4113
• Pro Bono Counseling: 410-825-1001
• Psych Associates of Maryland LLC: 877-456-6408
• ReEntry Mental Health Services: 410-848-9244
• Sheppard Health Systems: 410-938-5000
• Thompson, Patricia, PhD: 410-795-4764
• Touchstone Counseling and Consultation Inc: 410-848-5155
• Transformations Psycho Therapy Services: 410-876-2522
• Main Street Mobile Treatment and Community Mental Health Center: 410-526-7882

Mental Health:

Mental Health is extremely important to healthy development of children, adolescents, and adults. When mental health issues affect children and teens lives, it interferes with the way they think, act, and feel. This can then lead to problems with school, family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and suicide. Just like you would treat a physical illness by going to the doctor, mental health requires treatment. . Anxiety disorders frequently go hand in hand with depressive disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse. Some of the common mental health disorders affecting children are:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Severe Depression
  • Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorders
  • Bi-Polar Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse

“First signs of mental health problems often occur during childhood or teen years”

“Most children who receive the right kind of help improve and go on to live full and healthy lives”

“Seeking help early is key to a positive outcome”

According the National Mental Health Association more than 54 million people in the United States, including children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly suffer from mental health disorders. These disorders are treatable. Some people need medication to help control the symptoms, supportive counseling, and self-help groups are also effective. A combination of therapy and medication can also be of great benefit.

How do I know if my child is suffering from a mental illness and in need of professional help?
Ask yourself if your child:

  • Often feels sad, worried, or fearful
  • Recently had dramatic changes in eating, or sleep habits
  • Is hyperactive, impulsive, or has trouble concentrating
  • Is self-destructive, or overly aggressive towards others
  • Has lost interest in things they used to take pleasure in
  • Is spending too much time alone and pushing away friends
  • Has declining grades and has lost interest in school
  • Has experienced a traumatic event

If you answered yes to any of these, talk to your child. Explain that you are available to listen, and are willing to talk to them about any subject. Use examples that your child can understand to mirror their feelings. Encourage them to ask questions. Provide comfort and assurance, and encourage honesty. Explain that you are there for them always and willing to assist them in finding help. Then talk to your doctor or health care specialist, and assure your child there is help!

Get Connected Family Resource Center • Carroll Non-Profit Center • 255 Clifton Blvd. • Westminster, Maryland 21157 • 410.871.0008

The Get Connected Family Resource Center is a program of Mosaic Community Services, Inc. and is funded through the Carroll County Local Management Board.