Resources for Young Minds

Learn the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Below are some of the warning signs that a child may be struggling with mental illness.

A child may be struggling if they seem:
  • Really sad and hopeless without good reason, and the feelings don’t go away.
  • Very angry most of the time, cries a lot, or overreacts to things.
  • Worthless or guilty a lot.
  • Anxious or worried a lot more than other young people.
  • Grief for a prolonged time after a loss or death.
  • Extremely fearful or has unexplained fears or more fears than most children.
  • Constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance.
  • Frightened that his or her mind is controlled or is out of control.
Other big changes to look out for:
  • Doing much worse in school.
  • Losing interest in things he/she usually enjoyed.
  • Unexplained changes in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Avoiding friends or family and wanting to be alone all the time.
  • Daydreaming too much and unable to get things done.
  • Feeling that life is too hard to handle or talking about suicide.
  • Hearing voices that cannot be explained.
The following behaviors may be cause for concern, including:
  • Poor concentration and can’t make decisions.
  • Inability to sit still or focus attention.
  • Worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something “bad.”
  • The need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day.
  • Thoughts that race almost too fast to follow.
  • Persistent nightmares.
The following coping strategies may cause harm, including:
  • Use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Eating large amounts of food and then forcing vomiting, abusing laxatives, or taking enemas to avoid weight gain.
  • Continuing to diet or exercise obsessively although bone-thin.
  • Often hurting other people, destroying property, or breaking the law.
  • Doing things that can be life threatening.
  • Unexplained cuts and burns.
  • Extreme moods.

Keep your children entertained and informed with free mental health guides and a fun coloring book.

  Additional Mental Health Resources

Members can find additional mental health resources below and by visiting Clarity Child Guidance Center.

Baptist Child & Family Services

Website: www.bcfs.net
1506 Bexar Crossing
210-832-5000
Therapeutic & Assessment

Clarity Child Guidance Center

Website: www.claritycgc.org
8535 Tom Slick
210-616-0300
Treatment Center for Children

Catholic Charities

231 W. Commerce
210-377-1133
Counseling

Blossom Center for Children

Website:www.blossomcenterforchildren.com
14235 Blanco Rd.
210-415-9626
MH Assessments for Children

Laurel Ridge Treatment Center

Website: www.laurelridgetc.com
17720 Corporate Woods Dr.
210-491-9400
Treatment Center for Children

San Antonio Youth Mental Health Assoc.

Website: www.healthcollaborative.net
2110-481-2573
Connection to Services
 

Boys Town Texas, Inc.

Website: www.boystown.org
8410 Flanagan St.
503 Urban Loop (2nd location)
210-271-1010
Intensive in-home counseling

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Website: www.rmya.org
3013 West Ave.
210-340-8077
Counseling

St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home

Website: www.stpjhome.org
919 Mission Rd.
210-533-1203
Psychiatric, Psychological Services, Counseling