You Have the Power

A Guide for Children, Youth, and Families

Whether your child is in first grade or high school, it’s important to be aware of their mental health. Follow these steps to help your child achieve overall well-being and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood!


Have you noticed your child starting to have difficulties at home, school, or with friends? Does their behavior seem different than others in their peer group?

If you have noticed changes, it’s time to have a talk with them.

The Youth Test is a simple test your child can take alone or with a parent or guardian to help determine if their emotions or behaviors are a sign of a problem.


They are not alone! 1 in 5 children ages 13 to 18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness1.

What kind of symptoms is your child experiencing? Know the signs and symptoms.

If you’re still not sure whether your child is showing early warning signs, take the parent test.



Talk to your child’s pediatrician. If you need to find one, you can use the “Find a Doctor” tool.

Take small steps, such as teaching your child to eat healthy and add balance to their life.

Act today! Start by setting goals with your child to help them live healthy and feel happy.


There’s strength in numbers. Find help through the local school system.

Look toward the future. Help your child work towards their goals and focus on their strengths.

Help your child spend more time doing the things they enjoy most so they laugh more and stress less!

*Please Note: Screening results do not mean your child has a behavioral health condition. Please share your child’s results with a behavioral health professional and talk about their needs.

We Are Here to Help

If you have questions about Behavioral Health services or need help finding a health care professional, please call Beacon Health Options, our behavioral health partner, at 888-447-2526 (TTY: 711). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. A representative will be happy to help.

Montefiore members only, call University Behavioral Associates Referral Line at 800-401-4822 (TTY: 711). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

To learn more about services in your community, stop by or call any of our Neighborhood Care locations to chat with a Customer Care Navigator about health care plans, find a doctor, or even take part in one of our health and wellness classes.

If your child is in crisis, call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255), go to your local Emergency Room, or call 911.

1 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mental Health Facts in America.