Tag Archive: mental health

Autism used to be considered rare, but today approximately one in 60 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. What’s causing the increase and what does it mean for kids and families? Autism and related conditions are in the public eye more than ever before. Celebrities are sharing their personal journeys with autism or Asperger syndrome, which is now grouped into the encompassing diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Meanwhile... View Article

Jun 29 2018

Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series tells the story of a thankful mom and dad from Chesterfield, Virginia. Read more about how one call to the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children and a connection with a family navigator helped them turn heartbreak into hope.    Dear VTCC executive director, The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children... View Article

Jun 7 2018

Our children are exposed to media with a frequency that can quickly become overwhelming. Reports vary on exactly how much time the average U.S. child spends in front of a screen and taking in media overall, but they tend to agree on the fact that it’s too much. This is particularly true for teens and tweens whose media use, on average, is second only to time spent sleeping. What can... View Article

May 31 2018

Not all kids are college bound after high school, but many are. For parents who are sending a child off to college for the first time, reactions are often a mixed bag of pride and worry as they contemplate where their “precious baby” is going to land! For the teenager, excitement, confusion and a lack of planning are usual. Oh! The fantasy of leaving childhood and becoming a bona-fide adult,... View Article

Apr 26 2018

How do you help a child through grief associated with the illness or loss of a loved one while you yourself are grieving? There’s a special team at CHoR that can answer that difficult question and provide kindness and support along the way. Mental health professionals at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children specialize in helping children experiencing grief at all stages. When families are initially faced with the illness,... View Article

Mar 29 2018

Like it or not, change happens. A change can be a new baby in the family, moving to a new school or grade, or a new routine or activity. But change often includes loss. When something new comes into our lives, it can mean that something is left behind. A marital separation, new house, new school or other changes for children usually mean that the sameness of routines, familiarity of... View Article

Feb 27 2018

The new year will be marked by the opening of an inspirational new mental health facility, the result of Virginia leaders and citizens coming together to transform mental health care for our children. Former Virginia Treatment Center for Children patient Hallie Hovey-Murray says it best: Virginia has had much to be proud of in recent decades, including national best in class rankings in economic competitiveness, education, state parks and quality of life.... View Article

Jan 9 2018

VCU Health and CHoR on Friday celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children. The new VTCC is the result of $56 million in funding from the Virginia General Assembly and a dedicated community of donors and mental health advocates. One in five children will experience a serious mental health issue, but 75 percent of them will not receive the care they need, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. VTCC is... View Article

Nov 21 2017

Just 15-20 minutes of quality time together can build a child’s self-esteem, enhance family bonding and provide fun, stress-free time for everyone. There are many ways you can give the gift of “time together” to your child during the holiday season and throughout the new year.Below is a list of “family fun” ideas from our child life team. These ideas focus on family bonding, healthy fun and active play. You can... View Article

Dec 23 2016

NPR Ed’s recent series exploring mental health in schools found that in a classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, and yet nearly 80 percent of children who need mental health services won’t get them. According to the first article in the series, experts say that schools could play a role in identifying students with problems and helping them succeed, but... View Article

Sep 9 2016