Behavioral / Mental Health

Fire Misuse and Locating Counseling Assistance: Behavioral and Mental Health Resources

Fire misuse behaviors in youth cannot always be attributed to experimentation or curiosity. There are times when it is motivated by other things in a child's life that may not be easily recognized by caregivers. Youth can have underlying difficulties with social and interpersonal skills, communication, impulse control, behavioral issues, impaired cognitive functioning, learning disabilities, or mental health conditions such as: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Abuse/Neglect, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.

This handout will help you understand the emotional, behavioral, and mental health factors that can influence a youth's behavior.

Mental health evaluation, treatment, and/or counseling may be an essential part of helping a child and family. Helpful tips to locate resources in your area are provided in the "Mental and Behavioral Health Resources" handout.

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