ReDiscover helps children and adolescents deal with mental health disorders, personal relationships, stress, anger management, substance abuse and more. We provide services that enable families to stay together, help children become more successful in school, and create stronger bonds between family and community.
Our programs include child counseling and support services:
What about young adults who are turning 18 or older? We also provide specialized services for young adults with serious mental illnesses who are making the transition from residential treatment to adult living. Our transitional living program helps young adults with serious mental illness find their first apartments and learn to live on their own. We provide fairly intensive oversight and case management support to help ease the transition to independent living status.
|Getting Help For Children
When should a parent get help for a troubled child? The answer is as soon as possible.
According to ReDiscover CEO and President Alan Flory, “The concerns of parents are surprisingly similar whether their child is still a minor or the child has reached adulthood. As a parent, you need to offer access to help as soon as you can, keep your hope for recovery as strong as you can, and do all that you can do to participate in the child’s healing process. Parents can be critically instrumental in helping their child identify the problem and find the road to recovery.”
But what if you need help to get help? Marsha Palmer-Thelwell, a Program Manager and Licensed Clinical Social Worker for ReDiscover’s School & Community Services, said, “Determining that there is a need to seek help is the first huge turning point for the child. Once you’ve accepted that realization, the next difficult step is to choose where to turn. People often don’t know how to take a proactive role in the recovery process. They often need help developing needed skills to be a good patient so their treatment plan can work better faster. One of the most important things a parent can know is this; the clearer the communication about the problem, the better the quality of care for the loved one.”
How do you make sure communication is clear? Presenting a brief, but well thought out description of your concerns can mean better communication, reduced frustration and disappointment, and ultimately, better treatment for the person you care so much about.
ReDiscover Adult and Family Services Manager Jean Schweer said, “Start by writing down a concise description of your child’s symptoms. Make a prioritized list of all your health-related concerns, from worrisome thoughts to physical aches and pains to weight loss to erratic behavior. Preparing this kind of information ahead of an appointment leaves more time during the appointment for a focused discussion, answers to your questions, and for the kind of assessment needed to eventually make a diagnosis and build a treatment plan.”
If your child takes medications, record the names and doses of all medications your child takes, who prescribed the meds and why the prescriptions were made in the first place. Multiple medications can be hard to remember, especially if several doctors are involved. Providing complete medication information is a timesaver. Bring all your medications with you to your appointment, in the pharmacy’s original containers or write down a complete list at home.
What are some typical questions you may be asked?
Help is available. You can learn to manage symptoms of mental illness and find ways to participate in a network of support. ReDiscover offers services for individuals and their families learning to cope with serious chronic illnesses.