My Child Has a Traumatic Brain Injury. Why Do We Need Mental Health Services?
After a traumatic brain injury your child might experience a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms are temporary and very mild, while others might be more severe and last longer. A brain injury might cause problems with your child’s ability to:
- Think, reason, pay attention, learn and remember
- Control behavior
- Manage emotions
- Socialize with others
- Interact with peers
These difficulties can impact your child’s functioning at home, at school and with friends. Mental health services staff can assess your child and provide support through these challenges.
What Are Mental Health Services?
There are several different kinds of mental health services available in most communities. Here are some of the services we offer at Gillette:
You may be referred for psychotherapy if there are concerns about depression, anxiety, or behavior, or to learn new skills to help you manage pain or headache. Psychotherapy may also help with coping with life changes after the injury. Psychotherapy may be provided by a psychologist or a clinical social worker and may include talking through stressors, learning new skills, play, and/or learning ways to calm the body through biofeedback.
You may be referred for further evaluation with a psychologist or neuropsychologist if there are concerns about how the injury may have impacted cognitive functioning such as understanding information, attention, memory, problem-solving, and many other aspects of thinking and learning.
Social Work Appointment
Clinical social workers provide mental health assessments, chemical health screenings and counseling to help your child adjust to a brain injury.
How Can I Schedule an Appointment for Mental Health Services?
Your Gillette physician or nurse practitioner will make a written referral to a mental health professional. We will call you within two weeks of your clinic visit to begin the scheduling process.
If you have an emergency mental health concern, go to an emergency room, or contact your primary health care provider.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.