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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.

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