Does Your Child Have a Mental Health Condition? How to Make Sure Both You, and Your Child, Are Ready for School
Providing support and guidance for a child with a mental health condition is a critical part of recovery. As a parent/caregiver, it is important that you work towards providing your child with the best school environment that is possible. To do so, it is important to be prepared for the upcoming school year.Download Checklist
There are some really great benefits to sending your kids to camp:
1. Life skills development to improve quality of life:
- Basic living skills
- Healthy living habits
- Self-care skills.
2. Problem-solving and decision-making skills training to develop personal empowerment.
3. Interpersonal Skills Training: Encouraging self-management, socialization, and communication skills.
4. Activities that promote recovery, restore skills, and develop adaptive behaviors that may include the following:
- Selection of nutritional food
- Verbalize thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a supportive environment
- Improving concentration and attention
5. Team building activities:
- Art therapy
- Group exercises & recreation
- Reinforce positive social skills
- Leadership activities
- Field trips; including Coastal Discovery Museum and beach day
As our loved ones age, it’s natural for some changes to occur. Regular forgetfulness is one thing, however; persistent memory loss or cognitive impairment is another thing and potentially serious. The same goes for extreme anxiety or long-term depression. Caregivers should keep an eye out for the following warning signs, which could indicate a mental health concern:
- Sad or depressed mood lasting longer than two weeks
- Social withdrawal; loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable
- Unexplained fatigue, energy loss, or sleep changes
- Confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision-making
- Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in weight
- Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory problems
- Feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness; thoughts of suicide
- Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained: aches, constipation, etc.
- Changes in appearance or dress, or problems maintaining the home or yard
- Trouble handling finances or working with numbers
Don’t hesitate to seek help if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms above. At all ages and stages of your life, having someone to talk to is important. If you are feeling sad, alone or depressed, we are here for you.
The Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center is now serving more people with mental needs in the Lowcountry than ever before after opening a new facility in Hardeeville.
Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center provides family support, psychotherapy and outpatient substance abuse treatment. It started in Holly Hill in 2010 and eventually expanded to Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort. However, ever since it opened a new location in Hardeeville two months ago, representatives say the program has been helping more people than ever.
Jamison Consultants serves families receiving Medicaid. It has served about 3,000 families since it opened in 2010. Organization representatives say Jamison Consultants has been serving an additional 150 families since the Hardeeville location opened up in the beginning of October. The new location is closer to I-95 than the Bluffton site. Representatives say it provides easier access to more people in need, especially in the Hardeeville and Ridgeland areas.
“South Carolina is an undeserved state and we have smaller rural areas where a lot of people do not have resources to get to outpatient services so by expanding and making easier access for them, we can cater to those families,” said Stephanie Jamison-Void, the CEO of Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center.
Jamison Consultants representatives say the families which previously used the Bluffton site are still going the Hardeeville location.
The program also provides youth services and recently partnered with Jasper County Schools for outreach programs.
Feeling Stressed Out?
The holidays are an exciting time of good cheer, warm family traditions, and spending time with friends. Or, are they?
For many people, the idea of entering a crowded room and chatting up coworkers or strangers at a party, exchanging gifts with friends, traveling from home, or attending large family gatherings can produce intense anxiety, depression, or both.
Holiday parties are a common stressor, and they can be terrifying for people with anxiety disorders, particularly those who have social anxiety disorder. They may try anything to avoid such activities, but avoidance will only perpetuate fear. Although some report that the holidays lift their spirits, many people say that the holiday season makes them feel very or a bit more anxious or depressed.
You can reduce some of your holiday worry and stress. Try these tips from the ADAA, click here.
June 22nd –August 17th
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
First Baptist Church, 100 South Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head Island SC 29928
At our Jamison Summer Camp, kids ages 8-16 can enjoy a wide array of fun summer outdoor and indoor activities – all under the supervision of our experienced staff members. We offer a fun, yet nurturing, summer camp – with sports, games, arts & crafts and, best of all, trained and experienced counselors who work to make sure that the summer camp experience is both fun, and enriching.
Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center to Hold Free Programs to Help Parents Understand and Identify Mental Health Problems in Children and Teens
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center has announced that they will be holding a series of FREE programs, open to the public, to address common mental health concerns in children/teens and screen for potential mental health problems. The Jamison Consultants “Make May Matter: Recognizing and Treating Mental Health Problems in Your Children and Teens” program was created to encourage those whose children and teens may have early warning signs of a mental health issue to seek more information, a diagnosis and effective treatment for a wide variety of common mental health conditions that, if left untreated, can have serious negative consequences on the lives of today’s children and teens.
The “Make May Matter” Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center mental health community programs and free screenings will provide the public with an opportunity participate in basic screening activities via questionnaire and one-on-one discussions that may help identify potential mental health problems in children and teens. In addition, the programs will provide an important overview of some of the top early warning signs of mental illness in children and teens, what treatments/services are available for children/teens, and what parents should do if they think their child could benefit from help surrounding a wide variety of mental health conditions. The programs will also allow for a question and answer session, as well as personal on-site consultation upon request.
Dates and times for the “Make May Matter: Recognizing and Treating Mental Health Problems in Your Children and Teens” programs are:
- May 5th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton (CLICK HERE TO RSVP)
- May 12th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort (CLICK HERE TO RSVP)
Speakers at the Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center are Stephanie Jamison-Void, CEO of Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center and Laura Knobel, M.D., FAAFP, a board certified family physician at St. Joseph’s Candler Medical Group located in Belfair Plaza in Bluffton. Dr. Knobel, who graduated from Boston University Medical School and did her residency at the Brown University Program in Family Medicine in Pawtucket RI, has been active on the national level, most recently sitting on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
According to statistics from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Of children ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment, with half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders beginning by age 14. Each year, only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive mental health services.
“There are many children and teens in our local community who may potentially be showing the early warning signs of various mental health conditions, but whose parents and caregivers might not know what they should be looking for in terms of early symptoms that may signal a diagnosable mental health disorder,” says Stephanie Jamison-Void, CEO of Jamison Consultants. “Our goal is to help parents understand what is normal child/adolescent behavior, and what signs and symptoms may require further investigation for a possible diagnosis, so that they can get the help they need at the early stages, which is when treatment is most effective.”
For more information about the May mental health programs at Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center, call 843-757-7500.
Stephanie Jamison recently spoke at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, presenting an overview of how Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center can help children in need of behavioral health services who are currently also involved in the Boys and Girls Clubs program throughout the region. Her interactive presentation — which provided an important overview of Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center’s programs and services at all of our locations throughout the area – was important in helping to let more people know about the affordable and convenient options available to them in receiving behavioral health services for their children, and how insurance (including Medicaid) can cover the majority of these services.
More than 2,200 members ages 6-18 years old belong to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry with over 600 attending on a daily basis. The organization operates six (6) clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, with its mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
Stephanie’s presentation was well attended and well-received, and helped to provide families, educators and child care professionals with valuable information that they can use in seeking appropriate assistance in helping children with mental health/behavioral health issues. We are excited to have partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry for this presentation and opportunity to meet with so many local residents – and look forward to continuing to help and support the work done by this wonderful organization as they continue to provide so many important opportunities and resources for children throughout our region.
For more information about Stephanie Jamison’s presentation at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, or to inquire about booking Stephanie to speak at your group or organization on a wide variety of timely topics surrounding mental health and behavioral health in both children and adults, call us at 843-757-7500.
While many people center their New Year’s resolutions around diet and exercise, there is another important area that many of us can, and should, focus on in the coming year: improving mental health and well-being. So as we head full-force into 2015, it’s important to not only consider ways to incorporate exercise and eating right into your lifestyle, but to look at ways in which you can improve your mental health (and the mental health of your family) in the year ahead.
According to the World Health Organization, good mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Good mental health is a critical part of a person’s overall health – with numerous studies showing that individuals with poor mental health are at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.