Resources for Young Minds

Learn the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Below are some of the warning signs that a child may be struggling with mental illness.

A child may be struggling if they seem:
  • Really sad and hopeless without good reason, and the feelings don’t go away.
  • Very angry most of the time, cries a lot, or overreacts to things.
  • Worthless or guilty a lot.
  • Anxious or worried a lot more than other young people.
  • Grief for a prolonged time after a loss or death.
  • Extremely fearful or has unexplained fears or more fears than most children.
  • Constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance.
  • Frightened that his or her mind is controlled or is out of control.
Other big changes to look out for:
  • Doing much worse in school.
  • Losing interest in things he/she usually enjoyed.
  • Unexplained changes in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Avoiding friends or family and wanting to be alone all the time.
  • Daydreaming too much and unable to get things done.
  • Feeling that life is too hard to handle or talking about suicide.
  • Hearing voices that cannot be explained.
The following behaviors may be cause for concern, including:
  • Poor concentration and can’t make decisions.
  • Inability to sit still or focus attention.
  • Worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something “bad.”
  • The need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day.
  • Thoughts that race almost too fast to follow.
  • Persistent nightmares.
The following coping strategies may cause harm, including:
  • Use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Eating large amounts of food and then forcing vomiting, abusing laxatives, or taking enemas to avoid weight gain.
  • Continuing to diet or exercise obsessively although bone-thin.
  • Often hurting other people, destroying property, or breaking the law.
  • Doing things that can be life threatening.
  • Unexplained cuts and burns.
  • Extreme moods.

COVID-19 has increased mental health needs. Find resources to help your family talk openly.

  Additional Mental Health Resources

Members can find additional mental health resources below and by visiting Clarity Child Guidance Center.

Baptist Child & Family Services

Website: www.bcfs.net
1506 Bexar Crossing
210-832-5000
Therapeutic & Assessment

Clarity Child Guidance Center

Website: www.claritycgc.org
8535 Tom Slick
210-616-0300
Treatment Center for Children

Catholic Charities

231 W. Commerce
210-377-1133
Counseling

Blossom Center for Children

Website:www.blossomcenterforchildren.com
14235 Blanco Rd.
210-415-9626
MH Assessments for Children

Laurel Ridge Treatment Center

Website: www.laurelridgetc.com
17720 Corporate Woods Dr.
210-491-9400
Treatment Center for Children

San Antonio Youth Mental Health Assoc.

Website: www.healthcollaborative.net
2110-481-2573
Connection to Services
 

Boys Town Texas, Inc.

Website: www.boystown.org
8410 Flanagan St.
503 Urban Loop (2nd location)
210-271-1010
Intensive in-home counseling

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Website: www.rmya.org
3013 West Ave.
210-340-8077
Counseling

St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home

Website: www.stpjhome.org
919 Mission Rd.
210-533-1203
Psychiatric, Psychological Services, Counseling

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