The incidence of untreated child and adolescent mental health issues constitutes a public health crisis for our communities, our region and our nation.


Child & Adolescent Programs

71% of parents report the pandemic has taken a toll on their child’s mental health, making the ability to provide access to comprehensive care vital. Miller-Dwan Foundation is determined to address this mental health crisis with increased support for mental health models that promote well-being in children and adolescents.


Inpatient Mental Health

Inpatient care takes place in a hospital and is usually recommended for youth with complex mental health issues or those at risk of harming themselves or others. This type of care provides immediate crisis management. Supporting access to this critical resource can significantly impact the health of individuals, families and the community.

Partial Hospitalization Programming

Partial hospitalization programs take place at Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being. Programs are structured for children as young as age 3 through young adulthood up to age 25. The goal is to improve mental health symptoms and give children, adolescents and young adults the tools they need to improve their well-being and their ability to function at home, in school and in the community.

Amberwing — Center for Youth & Family Well-Being

Child & Adolescent Mental Health FAQs

Among the more common mental disorders that can be diagnosed in childhood are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety (fears or worries), and behavior disorders. Other childhood disorders and concerns can include learning and developmental disabilities, autism, and risk factors like substance use and self-harm.


It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help.

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill themself, or making plans to do so
  • Showing out-of-control behavior that can hurt oneself or others
  • Having intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Having severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Showing drastic changes in behavior or personality
  • Using drugs or alcohol repeatedly


To start a conversation with your child about mental health try leading with these questions. Make sure you actively listen to your child’s response.

  • How are you feeling? Can you tell me more about what’s happening? 
  • Have you had feelings like this in the past?
  • I’m here to listen. How can I help you feel better?
  • Do you feel like you want to talk to someone else?
  • I’m worried about your safety. Can you tell me if you have thoughts about harming yourself or others?


If you are concerned about your child’s behaviors, it is important to get appropriate care. You should:

  • Talk to your child’s doctor, school nurse or another health care provider and seek further information about the behaviors or symptoms that worry you
  • Ask your child’s primary care physician if your child needs further evaluation by a specialist with experience in child behavioral problems
  • Ask if your child’s specialist is experienced in treating the problems you are observing

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911.

If your child is considering suicide or is in emotional distress, you can have them call or text  988—the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resources

In the Face of a Storm, Resilience

Emotional pain from the past can splash into life and relationships without warning. To brace those waves, the Fermenich family tunes into faith, humor and the tools they learned from Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being.

Cannabis and the Effects on Teens

Cannabis has been legalized in 18 states. Another 13 have decriminalized it. In Minnesota, it is illegal for recreational use, but decriminalized for possession of

More results...

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Stay connected to Miller-Dwan Foundation

Together we will realize our shared vision of a community free from mental health crisis.