Mental Health Services for Children

Mental health is about the function of the brain and the mind. It includes emotions. Mental health is just as important as physical health. It affects how children get along with other people. It affects how well they do at school. It is also how they cope with stress and difficult things.

Children may need the services of a mental health provider for a number of reasons. They may need a little help, or they may need help over a longer period of time. Talk about mental health concerns with a child’s pediatrician or other primary care provider.

Mental health providers can help when there is stress at home or stress at school. It is hard for a child to feel different from other children. And for some children, epilepsy is not the only difficult thing they have to think about and deal with every day.

The Alaska 211 system will have current information about finding mental health services in local areas and in the state.

Mental health services for children may be covered by private insurance. Medicaid, Denali KidCare, or the Indian Health Service might cover these services. The mental health provider can help find ways to pay for the services.

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