Growing up, many children face difficult feelings or emotions that can get in the way of life’s activities and seem to disrupt development. As a family you may be experiencing some periods of stress or major transition, and you may worry that your child is having difficulty coping.

If you think that your child or your family could benefit from additional support, below are some resources as a guide to find help.

Health Guides by Topic

This helpful list of common challenges can help identify problems, steps you can take, and how to talk to your kids about mental health. Includes topics such as ADHD, anxiety, bullying, depression, grief, lying, and many more.

Taking With Your Child After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Adult support and reassurance is the key to helping children through a traumatic time. This downloadable resource is separated by age group, and can help you understand what your child needs during these times.


 

Parent and Caregiver Resources

If, as a parent or caregiver, you feel you may be experiencing a mental health challenge, it can help to talk about these issues with others who can help.

Tips for Building Mental Health

For more information about creating a support system, connecting with peers, or making decisions about your next steps, visit MentalHealth.gov.

 

Catholic Charities – Counseling and Consultation Center

Services include crisis stabilization, a sex offenders program, partial hospitalization, a chemical dependency detoxification program and a bilingual-bicultural residential program. They also offer mental health care and substance abuse treatment and counseling as well as provide acute and longer-term residential treatment.

Click here to see a complete directory of mental health resources in Bexar County.

 

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Mental and Emotional Help for Local Children and Families

 

These local organizations offer a wide range of services for free or low cost to help families in need of mental health treatment, counseling, education, and more.

 

BCFS

Provides free counseling services to eligible youth ages 0 to 17 and their families. Services provided at several locations across San Antonio. Crisis intervention and counseling services are available 24/7 by calling main number, 210-283-5183. Click here for a directory of locations.

 

Boys Town Texas

Boys Town Texas has been serving children and families of the Lone Star State through a wide variety of programs since opening its doors in 1989. The site’s Foster Family ServicesSM program provides safe homes in the community for children of all ages who have special care needs, problems sleeping, aggressive behavior, depression, anxiety, ADHD, school problems, suicidal behavior or threats, anger. The organization provides comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services for children and their families, as well as offer Common Sense Parenting® classes for parents who want to improve the child-rearing skills they have and learn new ones.
Center for Health Care Services
The Center for Health Care Services improves the lives of people with mental illness, substance abuse challenges and developmental disabilities. Our services for adult, children, elderly and veterans include: Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse.

 

Children’s Bereavement Center

The Children’s Bereavement Center provides group counseling for children and youth who have experienced a loss. They also provide outpatient mental health counseling and therapy. Sliding fee scale available.

 

ChildSafe

Specialized counseling for victims of sexual abuse, play therapy and in-home counseling are available. They provide outpatient mental health counseling and therapy as well as assist clients with service coordination. Medicaid/Sliding fee scale available.

 

City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District: Healthy Start

Healthy Start offers the nations most vulnerable women and families high quality services and resources for healthy pregnancies and healthy births. San Antonio Healthy Start provides home visitation services to pregnant women until the baby turns two years of age. The program offers depression screening and referral for moms.

 

Clarity Child Guidance Center

Clarity CGC’s Outpatient Services are available for the majority of children and adolescents who are able to resolve their mental health problems without hospitalization. Family therapy can help families improve communication and conflict resolution skills. Individual therapy can help a youth improve his or her ability to function in critical areas such as self-esteem, emotional stability, family relationships and academic performance. Fees: Sliding Scale and most managed care insurances accepted. Additionally accept Medicaid, CHIP and TRICARE.

 

Excel…Rise Above the Rest

This non-profit agency provides individual skill building to children, adolescents, and their families who have behavioral and/or mental health needs. Excel offers case management services to children and pregnant women in need of resources. Excel also offers licensed professional counseling services.

 

Family Service Association of San Antonio

Counseling, play therapy, substance abuse counseling, in-home services are available. Service coordination is provided and services provided at more than one location.

 

Jewish Family Service

JFS provides affordable counseling to clients of all ages including psychiatric services, services for seniors and case management services. Counseling, play therapy, specialized counseling services for homeless youth are available. JFS offers outpatient mental health counseling and therapy, and assists clients with service coordination.  Services are available to individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. Inquiries are welcome.

 

Methodist Healthcare Ministries-Dixon Clinic Support/Counseling Services

Provides outpatient mental health counseling and therapy and assists clients with service coordination. Sliding fee scale available. Services are provided at more than one location, call for details.

 

Roy Maas Youth Alternatives Counseling Center

Offers mental health care and substance abuse treatment and counseling. Crisis intervention is available.

 

Wesley Community Center

Provides counseling, crisis intervention, mental health care and substance abuse treatment and assists clients with service coordination. Medicaid/Sliding fee scale available. Services provided at more than one location.