Our Children’s Emotional Well-being
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) occur when a child is exposed to a traumatic situation, whether it happens in the home, at school or in any aspect of a child’s life. Children who have had an adverse experience will typically exhibit changes in behavior and mood. They may lose interest in things they previously enjoyed, their grades may drop or they may act out in other ways, but there will be signs that something is having a profound impact on their well-being.
The most important ﬁrst step in treating behavioral health issues related to ACEs is to recognize the signs. From there, you can access mental health care services through your Beneﬁt Fund, for your family and for your child individually. Talking with a trained professional can help shed light on the situation, open lines of communication and begin the healing process.
If you believe your child is struggling with ACEs, or if you need help with a situation that may be affecting your relationships or your job, your Beneﬁt Fund is here to help. Together with your healthcare provider, we will work to get you, your child and any other affected family member the behavioral health services needed. Just call our Wellness Member Assistance Program at (646) 473-6900, and a trained healthcare professional will talk with you and recommend available treatment options. All conversations will be kept conﬁdential, so your privacy will be fully protected. Remember, you don’t have to go it alone.
For detailed information on ACEs, see my article, “How Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Affect Physical and Emotional Health.”