Point of View: Mental Health
It is estimated that 40% to 50% of current marriages will end in divorce, and that means roughly 100% of children in those families may experience traumatic loss as the family winds its way through the divorce process and reshapes itself.
"You need to create a space so that the children can talk about the loss that they're feeling," says Dr. Alice M. Forrester, chief executive officer at Clifford Beers in New Haven, CT. Watch the video to hear more from Dr. Forrester.
Clifford Beers is a mental health agency offering services that include treating children who have experienced trauma. Care is delivered in a way that involves the entire family, i.e., if the family is unstable the child's progress may suffer unless the family moves forward, too. For FY17 the agency served over 6,300 children and caregivers across all programs who came to us with a wide range of experiences, including family dissolution.
It may not be possible to avoid trauma altogether. If your family or a family you know has gone through (or is going through) some challenges, know that help is available. For more information, visit https://www.cliffordbeers.org/outpatient-children-newhaven.