MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES
Research shows that 1 in 5 children and adolescents suffer from a mental health disorder, with symptoms such as anxiety, disruptive behavior, or changes in mood and eating patterns. These issues are sometimes inter-related with issues of drug or alcohol abuse and can lead to life-threatening situations. With support and treatment, youth suffering from mental health disorders and/or substance abuse issues can improve the quality of their lives.
FINDING HELP FOR CHILDREN
The 24-hour Behavioral Health INFOLine provides free, confidential emotional support, crisis intervention, and information and referrals to child and adolescent mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, and other behavioral health services. The INFOLine serves as the first step to helping parents and professionals navigate the complex system of care and accessing the services their children need.
2-1-1’s Behavioral Health Specialists will begin to steer parents through the mental health system and provide them with detailed information about suitable children’s mental health and substance abuse services. All specialists are trained to handle crisis and suicide calls.
WHO SHOULD CALL 2-1-1 BROWARD INFOLINE?
A child does not need to have a diagnosed illness to receive help from the Behavioral Health
INFOLine. Youth and parents of youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties should call INFOLine for help. People contact INFOLine for many different issues, such as:
- feeling anxious or sad
- disruptive behaviors
- eating disorders
- alcohol or drug use
- feelings of depression or suicide
Broward residents may also access 2-1-1 Broward’s online resource database of providers and professionals that serve children and adults with mental health and substance-abuse issues.
Funding for INFOLine provided by Florida Department of Children & Families and Children’s
Services Council of Broward County.
If you need more information or to find resources, call 2-1-1 or browse the Community Resource Database.