When you have a child with a physical illness such as diabetes or cancer, people often rally around you to offer support. But when you have a child with depression and/or another mental or behavioral health issue, you might feel powerless and not sure where to turn for advice. We want you and your family to know you are not alone. CHADS provides parents and family members with the tools they need to navigate the healthcare system, as well as individual support along the way.
If you think your child is struggling with a mental illness, you can learn more about the signs and symptoms here.
To get support from one of our trained clinicians, call our Family Support Warm Line at 314.952.8274
(between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday).
Family Support Counseling
Office counseling is provided at our South County office for youth ages 25 and under at a subsidized rate of $25 per session, and flexible appointments are available. Office counseling consists of one-on-one sessions with the child or adolescent, with parent involvement and communication as appropriate for safety planning. Psychoeducational support groups are held at the office at various times throughout the year as well. Please call the Family Support Warm Line at 314.952.8274 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, for more information about Family Support services. To learn about school based counseling, head to our Family Support Program page.
HIGH SCHOOL DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP
This group, for high school students ages 14-18, is a peer support group for those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and related issues. CHADS provides support, guidance, and resources for teens who are experiencing an emotionally difficult time. There is no out-of-pocket cost. To register or for more information contact Greg Scheetz at firstname.lastname@example.org. View more details about the upcoming High School Group here.
Presentations offered to adults includes the SOS Training Trusted Adults® program, which educates parents and school staff about the signs and symptoms of adolescent depression and suicide so they are able to recognize and ACT® in order to help an adolescent who is struggling. Read full descriptions of all presentations offered to adults here. These programs can be offered to parents, faculty and staff members, and community organizations.
Adult Survivors of Suicide Support Group
The Survivors of Suicide Support Group is an open, peer-facilitated group for adults (age 18 and above) who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:45-8pm. Meetings are held at the CHADS South County office. For more information about this group, please call Michelle Sellers at 314.270.2917 or Kellen Wolters at 309.750.3116.
You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of adolescents and families. If you are interested in getting involved with CHADS by volunteering your time, fill out our volunteer form.
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There are countless resources in St. Louis and the surrounding areas for people struggling with mental illness. See our complete list of resources outside of our organization here.