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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Knowing that your child is struggling with her thoughts and feelings is an upsetting experience for any parent—but you can rest assured that at Boston Children’s Hospital , your child and your family are in good hands.
Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers can help you, your child and your family by:
Boston Children’s Department of Psychiatry has a team of expert psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers ready to help your child cope with bullying and mental health issues related to bullying. We’ll work closely with her—and with you and your family—to:
Psychotherapy is designed to help your child identify, express and manage her feelings about being bullied. It will also teach her important new skills for overcoming those feelings, rebuilding her self-esteem and feeling optimistic and confident about the future.
Your child may receive individual therapy, or may participate in group sessions with other kids working through similar issues. We also offer family counseling, which allows parents, siblings and other family members to take part in a child's therapy sessions and learn new strategies as a team.
If your child’s depression, anxiety or stress do not adequately respond to psychotherapy, your clinician may recommend adding an anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication to his treatment plan. These medications can help your child feel more relaxed and comfortable while he is working on learning and practicing coping skills in therapy.
Here at Boston Children’s, we never prescribe mental health medication as a standalone treatment. Instead, we always consider medication as part of a two-pronged approach, with psychotherapy as a necessary component. Our Psychopharmacology Clinic can help determine whether medication might be a useful addition to your child's therapy.
Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP) is the community mental health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. Established in 2002, CHNP places Boston Children’s Hospital clinicians in 7 Boston-area schools and 4 community health centers to provide a comprehensive array of mental health services to children and adolescents where they live and learn.
Consistent with Community Systems of Care principles, Boston Children’s Hospital embraces community settings for mental health service delivery. By offering high-quality services in environments that are convenient and familiar to children and their families, CHNP plays an important role in improving the health and well-being of children in Boston’s most underserved communities.
The Swensrud Prevention Initiative includes the prevention and promotion components of the CHNP School-Based Program. The Initiative also fosters the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative prevention strategies having the potential for far-reaching public health impact, such as raising awareness of depression and suicide among teens through the Break Free From Depression program.
This program is a specially designed depression awareness program for use in schools. It applies an innovative and engaging format and proven cognitive behavioral techniques to teach young people how to effectively cope with difficult life circumstances, how to identify signs of depression in themselves and their peers and how to seek help.
A groundbreaking collaborative: BACPAC (Bullying And Cyberbullying Prevention & Advocacy Collaborative) is a multidisciplinary anti-bullying collaborative based at Boston Children’s Hospital—the first hospital-based program of its kind anywhere in the U.S.
If your child is seen by BACPAC:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”