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This tier focuses on individuals identified at risk of or beginning to experience some behavioral health concerns to prevent worsening symptoms. This could be in reaction to common but significant life events such as change in family circumstances, divorce, death in the family, etc.

Step 2 - Early Intervention

What are the signs?

Emotional Health

Characteristics

  • Increased emotional symptoms (worry, sadness, irritability, some distraction).
  • Could be in reaction to common but significant life events such as death in the family, relocation, or change in family circumstances, among other things.
Physical Health

Characteristics

  • Lower energy level, changes in sleep, appetite changes, and/or regression in milestones like toileting.
Performance and Behavior

Characteristics

  • Some changes in performance in school and/or work.
  • Changes in behavior.
Social Activity

Characteristics

  • Changes in social activity including lack of interest or withdrawal

Identify Early Signs and Community Support

Individuals identified at risk of or beginning to experience some behavioral health concerns to prevent worsening symptoms.

Know the Signs and Reach Out

  • Identify and understand the signs of mental distress.
     
  • Some examples are intensive worry, changes in sleep and/or noticeable changes in mood.
     
  • Contact your child’s doctor for guidance, resources and referrals.
     
  • Contact your child’s school counselor to talk about school-based mental health resources.
     
  • Seek support from family, friends, and community. Build a network of support for you, your child and family.
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Use Your Local Resources

National Family Resiliency Center

NFRC serves family members, ages 6 through adulthood through comprehensive support groups designed to help children, young adults, adult children of divorce, men and women better understand their feelings and give voice to their emotions in healthy ways as a critical foundation for the healing process.

The Howard County Autism Society

The Howard County Family Institute

 

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