Finding Help, Finding Hope

This year’s theme, “Finding Help-Finding Hope” explores how communities can improve access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. The struggles a child with mental health issues face daily become the struggles of his or her parents, caregivers, teachers, siblings, grandparents, friends, etc. Some days, it’s tempting for everyone to ignore the situation or even retreat to bed or the bathtub with a good book!

But, there is help for every child—and hope for every child. Through collaborative efforts between schools, local service agencies, mental health providers and families, each child and youth can find the right treatments, the right school placements and the right blend of activities to help him or her lead an active, fulfilling life.


When to Seek Help

Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.

The following signs may indicate the need for professional assistance or evaluation:

decline in school performance

poor grades despite strong efforts

regular worry or anxiety

repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal children’s activities

rapidly changing mood swings

sleeping too much or too little

feelings of worthlessness

recurring thoughts of suicide or death

persistent nightmares

persistent disobedience or aggression

frequent temper tantrums

depression, sadness or irritability

hyperactivity or fidgeting

Where to Seek Help

Information and referrals regarding the types of services that are

available for children may be obtained from:

  • Federation of Families of South Carolina: (866) 779-0402 or(803) 772-5210
  • Child’s pediatrician or school counselor
  • Your Community Mental Health Center





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Leadership Training Coming in May

R.E.A.L. Leadership

Results Realized

   Effective Behaviors

      Authentic Relationships
            Lifelong Learning             

                                            L E A D E R S H I P      

The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of South Carolina is providing a free Leadership Training that will help you become a stronger advocate, learn skills to provide support to other parents*, organize a parent support network in your community, and learn ways to de-stress.  The training will be held in Columbia, May 21, 2016.

 Become a leader and help others as you help yourself!

 There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

  • (Parent is defined as anyone who has guardianship over a child or youth and includes foster parents, grandparents stepparents, and others who play a significant role in a child or youth’s life)
  • Call 803-772-5210 to register or email

Seating is limited.


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Marijuana use disorder is common and often untreated

Survey shows marijuana use disorder linked to substance use/mental disorders and disability.

Marijuana use disorder is common in the United States, is often associated with other substance use disorders, behavioral problems, and disability, and goes largely untreated, according to a new study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The analysis found that 2.5 percent of adults — nearly 6 million people — experienced marijuana use disorder in the past year, while 6.3 percent had met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder at some point in their lives. A report of the study, led by Bridget Grant, Ph.D., of the NIAAA Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry, appears online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

“…Marijuana use can lead to harmful consequences for individuals and society.”

George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA

“The new analysis complements previous population-level studies by Dr. Grant’s group that show that marijuana use can lead to harmful consequences for individuals and society,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., director of NIAAA.

In a recent report, Dr. Grant and her team found that the percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorders during that time was nearly as large. The new study analyzed data about marijuana use that were collected in the 2012-2013 wave of NIAAA’s National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), the largest study ever conducted on the co-occurrence of alcohol use, drug use, and related psychiatric conditions. Continue reading

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