Children's Mental Health Matters
Students living with untreated mental illness might struggle to be successful in school—yet early diagnosis and treatment can change their paths. The Josselyn Center currently provides comprehensive mental health care to 1,361 north suburban residents, and more than one in five are children. We know there is an urgent nature to providing quality mental health treatment for children, as half of mental health struggles present by age 14, and early identification, treatment and prevention are critical.
Mental illness can present as behavioral issues in school. Children living in low-income situations experience particular burdens, due to mental illness as well as constricted access to care. From transportation to stigma to cost to culture, The Josselyn Center is committed to breaking down barriers to care. This year, we added Saturday hours for children. We’re increasing our outreach to schools to strengthen referrals and awareness, help schools create a safe and nurturing culture, and foster social-emotional skills.
Our vision is a community without barriers to mental health, where all who are affected by a mental health condition—including our young community residents—will have access to affordable, quality care. If you know of a young person needing treatment, or of schools where The Josselyn Center might serve as a resource for treatment, we are here to serve.