Stigma to Hope: Helping children through trauma's emotional aftermath

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 3:56 PM

It’s a struggle faced by many parents: seeing their children through trauma at a young age, then work to help them overcome emotional issues that stem from the original trauma. In some cases, that trauma can trigger mental illness that needs a specialist’s care. A number of organizations feel this topic is so important, they’ve teamed up to bring us a special Stigma to Hope segment, to start a frank conversation and help give parents a resource they need to help navigate some stormy seas.

Margaret was joined by three guests: Beth, a mother whose 8-year-old daughter underwent a cancer battle as a toddler, and is now dealing with the emotional aftermath; Doctor Robert Hilt, a Psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s; and Megan Kelly, the director of Trauma Informed Services at NAVOS.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the emotional aftermath of childhood trauma, please call the KING COUNTY CRISIS CLINIC: 206-461-3222.

Teenagers can talk to other teens by calling 1-866-TEENLINK. The line is staffed by teenagers between the hours of 6:00pm - 10:00pm.

Here's how to reach today's "Stigma to Hope" segment sponsors:

For more information about Seattle Children's, please click here

For more information about Navos Mental Health Solutions, please click here

For more information about Sound Mental Health, please click here

For more information about Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation, please click here

For more information about Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, please click here

For more information about Community Psychiatric Clinic, please click here

For more information about Behavioral Health Resources, please click here

Beth and her family would also like to thank the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.

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