Our services include free (grant funded) individual, family and group psychotherapy, peer support, and closed coordination with the assigned psychiatrist. This collaborative approach has been proven to be more effective than a solely intervention. Psychiatric consultation is not included within the funded services.
Be Well, Be Connected services will be delivered to the youth as well as the family, and they are aimed to:
- Understand triggers which affect the youth’s behavior and its impact on the family.
- Identify alternative and more positive ways to handle crisis, emotions, and behaviors.
- Develop resources to cope more effectively to crisis and improve life satisfaction
Youths who enroll in the Be Well, Be Connected Program receive an array of mental health services and a coordinated system of care including:
Additionally, the Baylor's Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine Program, initiative closely linked to the Be Well, Be Connected Program, provides first level screening in several public-school districts and one charter district across the Greater Houston Area. TCHATT also provides immediate tele-mental health crisis-care at select school campuses for youth who are experiencing behavioral and emotional disruption and interference in their lives.
Depending upon the case, some youth attended from the BCM’s TCHATT Program are referred and served by the Be Well, Be Connected Program.
What is the state of mental health in youth in the United States?
A recent study indicates the following:
- 13-20 percent of children and/or adolescents have a diagnosable mental disorder.
- 50 percent of adults with mental illness experienced onset by age 14. 75 percent of adults present the onset by age 24
- 13.84 percent of youth (ages 12-17) reported at least one episode of Major Depression Disorder in the past year. The number of youths who experienced depressive episodes increased by 206,000 from the previous year.
- 9.7 percent of youths in the United States had an experience of severe depression in the past year. This increased by 126,000 from last year.
- 4.3-11.3 percent of children have a Serious Emotional Disturbance
- More than 50 percent of children and adolescents do not receive mental health services
These figures have been increased after the appearance of COVID-19. Concretely there have been an:
- Increase rates of mental health diagnoses
- Increased emergency room visits for mental health reasons
- Increased rates of suicidal ideation and attempts
- Mental illnesses have been found to increase the risk of COVID-19 by 65 percent
Source: Mental Health America