Currently in the U.S., children, teens and young adults are not getting the mental health treatment they need.
Many are on long waiting lists, and less than half are receiving any help.
According to the latest research, at least 5% of children and 9-20% of all adolescents suffer from depression, and the risk is even higher if their parents experience depression as well. Those numbers are even higher in minority populations. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of depression and anxiety have doubled. One in seven parents have reported worsening mental health in their children since the pandemic began.
The COPE Programs are based on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based skills-building approach that includes reducing negative or unhelpful thoughts, increasing healthy behaviors, and improving communication and problem-solving skills. When people learn to COPE in positive ways, the brain lays down new pathways, helping them grow new neuronal connections and deal with stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in healthy ways. By helping individuals change their thoughts from negative to positive, their feelings and behaviors naturally follow suit. Convincing children, teens and young adults that they can accomplish whatever it is that is important to them reinforces what their mind believes they can achieve.
COPE helps them face their fears and take control of their emotions.
DVPA is proud to offer counseling through the COPE program for children, adolescents, and teens who may be struggling emotionally and mentally. Our nurse practitioner, Tracy Shore, is board certified as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist, and also provides regular mental health visits in addition to her work with COPE.
To schedule a COPE or mental health appointment with Tracy, please call our office at (609) 896-4141.
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