FSGC to offer “Ask a Child Therapist” call-in event

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As a parent, there’s nothing harder than watching your child or teen struggle with behavior issues, making friends, anxiety or depression. That’s why Family Service & Guidance Center is partnering with KSNT News to present “Ask a Child Therapist” on Thursday, June 6, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Parents, grandparents, family members and caregivers will have the opportunity to talk with a mental health professional over the phone about whether a child’s behavior is typical for their age or may be something more serious.

Concerns could include trouble making friends, anxiety, depression, struggling with focusing at school or being defiant at home.

“We’re excited to provide this valuable opportunity to northeast Kansas parents,” said Brenda Mills, Family Service & Guidance Center CEO.

A special phone number will appear on the screen at the start of KSNT’s 5 p.m. newscast and will run until 6:30 p.m. Parents can call anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Due to the number of anticipated calls, they will be kept brief.

“Ask a Child Therapist” is not therapy, and FSGC professionals will not be providing a diagnosis. However, Mills believes the chance to visit with a therapist will be very helpful to parents who call.

She said, “The FSGC staff members answering phones are all committed to helping as much as possible during a short phone call. It’s our hope to give parents some practical advice and help them begin to get a handle on what their child is dealing with.”

Family Service & Guidance Center is a non-profit community mental health center that serves nearly 12,000 children, adolescents and their families living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues. FSGC has been changing children’s lives for the better since 1904.

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The FSGC Foundation was formed in 2009 to ensure the agency’s long term viability, regardless of funding cuts or other economic uncertainties. Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in needed funds to improve and enhance various FSGC services and programs.