May 4, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that maintaining good mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development at home and school.

At Adventist HealthCare, we help children who are struggling with mental health challenges live to their fullest potential. Early identification and treatment is key. Below are some signs of mental health challenges in children that every parent should know:

  • Mood changes
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Intense feelings
  • Drastic changes in behavior
  • Trouble focusing and sitting still
  • Physical symptoms (Some children with mental health conditions develop physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches instead of sadness and anxiety.)

The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to improve the social and emotional health of young children and their families through prevention, early intervention, education, research and training.

We offer the Lourie Center School, a non-public day elementary school for students with emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities; the Early Head Start Program, a federally-funded, community-based program for low-income families with children prenatal to three years old; our Therapeutic Nursery Programs,  specialized preschools for children whose delays in social and emotional development interfere with success in typical preschool and daycare; and the Parent-Child Clinical Services Program is a licensed outpatient mental health clinic.

In addition, we also offer child and adolescent therapeutic inpatient and outpatient support at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services.