All children deserve a chance.

Not just any chance, but a true opportunity
To have a childhood.
To dream.
To reach their fullest potential.

Reaching Out

More children are struggling with mental health issues today than ever before. In fact, behavioral and emotional disorders affect thousands of children right here in our community. And it is a sad truth that two-thirds of these kids never receive the help they need.

The good news is that treatment does work for those who receive it.

Child Guidance Center is dedicated to providing child-centered, family-focused mental health services in Lincoln. Utilizing a combination of unique programs and proven strategies to meet every individual's needs, we serve more than 2,000 children and adolescents each year.

The services we provide are available to all youth throughout the community, regardless of financial ability.

The Small Gift of Connection

Disregard all the holiday advertisements and remember the true meaning of the holidays: family, friends, love and connection. Reminiscent of what Clarence told George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life: “No man is a failure who has friends.” Even with all of the work that has to be done before the holidays, stay optimistic and don’t become a scrooge. Here are a few ways to truly connect and be genuine with loved ones during the holidays:

Be grateful—Happy people are generally grateful. If you remind yourself how blessed you are, the holiday blues won’t get to you. It could be simple like, “I’m grateful to have cable TV.” Or, it could be, “I’m grateful to have food on the table.” Remind yourself of the little things during the holidays.

Be present at holiday get-togethers—Engage in holiday activities with your family. Even though it may be a lot of time together, you’re maintaining lifelong connections. Don’t hole yourself up in your room—be an active participant. Turn on the Christmas music, bake cookies with family and share funny stories from the past.

Stay positive—With the whole family coming together for the holidays, there’s bound to be a disagreement or gossip. Stay upbeat about the unique differences in everyone and remind your family members to accept each other. Instead of being quick to pick a fight, spread “warm fuzzies” around the family by giving compliments.

Volunteer or donate to a charity—Giving your time and effort to a local organization is a great way to genuinely connect with your community. Get in touch with an organization you feel passionate about and help them out during this holiday season.

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