Twenty percent of children and adolescents are believed to be suffering from overt mental health problems or disorders. The burden associated with mental disorders in children and adolescents are considerable, and it is made worse by stigma and discrimination. In many situations, mental disorders are poorly understood, and affected children are mistakenly viewed as “not trying hard enough” or as “troublemakers”. Since there is a high degree of continuity between child and adolescent disorders and those in adulthood, early intervention could prevent or reduce the likelihood of long-term impairment, reducing the burden of mental health disorders on the individual and the family, and reducing costs to health systems and communities.
Iroquois Mental Health Center (IMHC) promotes the development of all children and adolescents, whether or not they have mental health problems. Common focuses of treatment include:
- Behavioral problems
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Family conflict
- Social skills deficits
IMHC offers a flexible individualized approach to addressing both mental health and developmental issues via a variety therapeutic options, including family therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, art therapy, play therapy, early childhood (birth to 5 years of age) intervention, and parenting skills training.
Throughout therapy, IMHC strives to work in partnership with youth and families in a practical, action oriented, creative, developmentally appropriate and culturally competent way to build on the family’s and child’s strengths, identify and build support systems, and find positive solutions to problems. To achieve these ends, IMHC also partners with:
- Local agencies (Iroquois County Public Health Department, Ford Iroquois Local Interagency Council, The Arc, Child Care Resource Services, Child & Family Connections)
- Schools (Head Start, Iroquois Special Education Association)
- Day care centers
- Hospitals and clinics