Telehealth provides more opportunities for kids and teens to receive counseling in timely and convenient way.
One in five children/teens in the United States shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder each year. In a typical classroom of 25 students, that means five may be struggling with real issues like depression, anxiety and substance abuse. But nearly 80% of kids who need mental health services don’t get them.
The reasons vary, but one barrier is accessibility. Busy schedules, lack of transportation or lack of local counselors can all interfere with kids receiving the mental health services they need.
With CHS online counseling, those barriers are removed.
Because online counseling is available anywhere a child has a computer, smartphone or tablet with video capability and an internet or data connection, they can participate in counseling sessions virtually anywhere.
How do I know I should schedule a online counseling appointment for my child?
Counseling can be beneficial to help your child work through a variety of challenges and events. Some warning signs to look for include, but are not limited to:
- Mood changes
- Intense feelings
- Changes in behavior
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Physical symptoms (frequent headaches or stomachaches)
- Physical harm to self
- Substance abuse
- Lack of interest in friends or activities
- Withdrawn behavior
Is online counseling effective?
Yes. Extensive research has been conducted on online counseling. Results from these studies are overwhelmingly positive, with one study by the Health Industry Distributors Association showing 54% of people surveyed prefer the experience of telehealth over a traditional office visit.