Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, but you may not realize how prevalent the issues are with children right here in Connecticut. Fact: 1 in 5 children has a serious mental illness. When a child suffers, the entire family suffers, too.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) has been serving children struggling with mental health issues, abuse, and trauma since 1954. Early treatment is essential as it can prevent years of unnecessary suffering and minimize the likelihood of adult mental health problems. To meet the growing demand in our area and to help ensure timely access to mental health care, CGC expanded its programs, appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, and recently launched a new website, www.childguidancect.org.
It’s no secret—the internet is typically the first place people turn for any kind of information, and that is no different when it comes to mental health. CGC launched a new website not only to provide basic information about their services, but also to speak directly to those in need. The site welcomes all to its home page, and then offers pathways for kids, parents, and professionals to find content that is relevant and easily accessible. Additionally, the site highlights the impressive outcomes of children and parents who have received CCG’s services. Since CGC relies on grants and contributions, the site was also designed to make giving as easy as possible. “Donations help to subsidize the provision of services, as no family is turned away from CGC due to an inability to pay” said Development Director, Jeannine Egdorf Phelan, CFRE. “The new site, optimized for mobile devices, offers donors a way to help us address those needs.”
Go to www.childguidancect.org and take a look around to learn about children’s mental health and how CGC supports the community’s youth. If you want to sign-up to receive updates about CGC’s services and events, go to https://childguidancect.org/get-involved/.