Yes. The purpose of 121help.me is to help children and youth in crisis but we recognize that sometimes young people are afraid to call for help or may not even understand that they are in crisis. That’s why 121help.me is also here to help parents and guardians who are concerned about a child or teenager. If, as a parent, you are yourself overwhelmed and feel that you are facing a crisis because of a problem with your child, you are also encouraged to call us and get the support you need.
We believe that there is no fixed definition of an emergency — if it feels like a crisis to you, we urge you to call us at 1-855-201-2121. Our trained counselors will provide immediate assistance and can also help you make a plan to get further support from other services and programs.
The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults. If one or more of these signs of depression persist, you should seek help:
A child who used to play often with friends may now spend most of the time alone and without interests. Things that were once fun now bring little joy to the depressed child. Children and adolescents who are depressed may say they want to be dead or may talk about suicide. Depressed children and adolescents are at increased risk for committing suicide. Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way of trying to feel better.
Children and adolescents who cause trouble at home or at school may also be suffering from depression. Because the youngster may not always seem sad, parents and teachers may not realize that troublesome behavior is a sign of depression. When asked directly, these children can sometimes state they are unhappy or sad.
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for depressed children. Depression is a real illness that requires professional help. For help, parents should ask their physician to refer them to a qualified mental health professional, who can diagnose and treat depression in children and teenagers. The counselors at 121help.me are here to help you decide what to do.
Any one sign doesn't mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin asking questions and consider seeking help. Children respond to stress in many different ways and how children respond to victimization depends on multiple factors. If your child has told you they have been or are being abused, you should contact your local police department or state child protection agency. To locate your state’s child protection agency visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=11-11172
A great source of information for parents who suspect that their child may be abused is Stop It Now! Visit them at www.stopitnow.org or call 1-888-PREVENT/1-888-773-8368). Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Stop It Now! provides resources, guidance and support to help adults keep children safe from sexual abuse.
Contacting the counselors at 121help.me may be a good place to start. We offer youth and their families the opportunity to address a wide range of issues.
If you are concerned about your teen, we urge you to contact the counselors at 121help.me. We are here to support youth and their parents. We can provide you with tips and suggestions on how to approach your teen, and we can direct you to a range of support services that could benefit you and your family.
Youth aged 12 and older can receive confidential counseling services without a parent’s consent. However, there are some situations when safety concerns outweigh the right to privacy. So if a youth tells a counselor that somebody under the age of 16 is being hurt by somebody else or that he or she is thinking about self-harm or harming others, we do not need consent to share that information with parents and other authorities. All other details revealed in counseling are confidential unless the youth waives the right to privacy and consents to his or her information being shared.
Absolutely. Services are provided in a confidential manner and your family’s information is kept secure. Situations in which children or youth are at risk to themselves or others will need to be handled differently and the counselor will talk that over with you.
First and foremost, you need to consider the safety and health of YOUR family before agreeing that another child stay in your home. Can you call the child’s parents to establish an arrangement, ensuring that the stay is temporary and that there is a plan of help in place? You might consider establishing a contingency that the friend can stay under the condition they actively seek help. Call us at 1-855-201-2121 to help support you in making a plan. If the child has runaway, you can also call the National Runaway Switchboard at #......
This is quite normal and happens in most families at some time. Contact a counselor at 121help.me to talk about it. Sometimes just having someone to talk to relieves the stress and can help you find ways to talk to your kids about your stress so that they know they are not the source of the stress.