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.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Mental health is finally making its way to the forefront of society. For years, it was taboo to even talk about mental health, and now, we’re becoming more aware of how we can promote it in our communities and within ourselves. When we confront the topic and educate people, we decrease suicides and other harmful events. But first, it is imperative to educate yourself. Take time on October 10 to research more about mental health. For now, here are three ways to promote it within your community:

Suicide prevention fundraiser—If you are passionate about mental health but not sure how to express it, try organizing a fundraiser. You can hand out suicide prevention pamphlets and provide access and knowledge to confidential providers.

Talk about mental health—The most important way to promote mental health is to talk about it and erase the stigma. Talk about treatment, symptoms and the harmful effects of not treating depression or other mental health diseases.

Be understanding—One in five people have been affected by depression in their lifetime. Be a loyal friend, even through the tough times, and help your friends and families who may be suffering from depression.