2219 West Danby Road, West Danby NY 14883

2219 West Danby Road, West Danby NY 14883



At Journey of Hope we believe that children are a gift from God. Children seem to bring an unspeakable joy into many aspects of life. We want your child to be healthy and happy and we are here to assist you with any counseling needs your child may have. If you have any concerns regarding your child we would count it a privilege to talk to you about it.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues

According to the National Institute on Mental Illness (NAMI) about 4 million children and adolescents experience a mental health issue that significantly impairs them at home, school, or in their social groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates prevalence rates for the following diagnosable mental health conditions among children ages 3 to 17:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD): 6.8%
  • Behavioral conditions: 3.5%
  • Anxiety: 3%
  • Depression: 2%
  • Autism: 1.1%
  • Tourette syndrome: 0.2%

These mental health conditions represent a portion of those experienced by children and adolescents, but they are certainly not inclusive of all conditions experienced.

Developmental Stages from Birth to Adolescence

As they grow, children will experience changes in their moods and behaviors. Some of these changes are relatively predictable and, though they may be challenging, most are completely normal aspects of child development. In general, as long as children are behaving in ways that are consistent with their age range, the challenges they experience should not create cause for concern.

Triggers and Risk Factors

Have you ever wondered why your children may be reacting the way they are? Every child will respond differently to changes in life, but some of the events that may impact a child’s mental health include:

  • Parental divorce or separation.
  • The birth of a sibling.
  • The death of a loved one, such as a family member or a pet
  • Physical or sexual abuse.
  • Poverty or homelessness.
  • Natural disaster.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Moving to a new place or attending a new school.
  • Being physically or emotionally bullied.

Journey of Hope Counseling Center is a service provided by the First Baptist Church of West Danby

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