Carebridge Offers Employees Resources for Child and Adolescent Depression – And Much More
- Resources are available through Carebridge Corporate to help Crozer-Keystone employees whose children or adolescents show symptoms of depression.
- Carebridge Corporation, a professional service that CKHS provides to benefit-eligible employees and their eligible dependents, offers confidential support in personal and family problems.
- Resources offered include Employee Assistance (EAP) Services, Life Management and Work-Life Assistance, wellness information, and online services. All services are confidential and eligible services are fully paid by Crozer-Keystone, as part of employees’ Choices benefits.
Population studies by the Center for Mental Health Services show that at any point in time, 10 to 15 percent of children and adolescents suffer from depression. Symptoms of depression include hopelessness, irritability, unexplained crying and sadness, loss of interest in usual activities, loss of appetite and/or reckless behavior.
If a child or adolescent shows symptoms of depression, parents should seek immediate help from their family care provider or a mental health specialist. As an additional resource, Crozer-Keystone Health System offers services through Carebridge to benefit-eligible employees and their eligible family members.
It’s important to remember that child and adolescent depression differs from clinical depression in adults and requires professional diagnosis and treatment. Thanks to advances in the clinical field, there are a number of treatment options that have been shown to be successful, including individual therapy, family counseling, and if indicated, the use of antidepressant medications. Alan G. Morse, M.D., a clinical psychologist and the chief clinical officer of the Carebridge Employee Assistance Program, emphasizes that “when a child or teenager is struggling with depression, it is truly an emotional challenge, not just for the child, but for the entire family.”
Morse goes on to say that, “at such a time, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may be an invaluable resource. Not only can the EAP initiate the clinical assessment process, but it also may provide a wealth of information regarding referral options for treatment. Carebridge’s skilled clinicians are able to provide consultation and educational resources to ensure that those facing the difficult decisions associated with childhood depression will be making those choices with care, concern and accurate information.”
Carebridge Corporation, a professional service that CKHS provides to benefit-eligible employees and their eligible dependents, offers confidential support in personal and family problems. Carebridge counselors are professional behavioral health clinicians skilled in a wide variety of areas. Resources offered include Employee Assistance (EAP) Services, Life Management and Work-Life Assistance, wellness information, and online services. All services are confidential and eligible services are fully paid by Crozer-Keystone, as part of employees’ Choices benefits.
The EAP provides up to three annual confidential face-to-face or telephonic consultations for each presenting issue, each year. Just call 1-800-437-0911, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. A professional behavioral health clinician will listen to your concerns, help you identify the source of the problem, and work with you to achieve a solution. In certain cases, your Carebridge counselor will refer you to additional appropriate sources. Additional medically necessary services beyond the first three visits may be covered under the medical plan.
Financial and legal services are also included in the EAP. Financial consultation is available to Crozer-Keystone employees at no cost by consultants with extensive banking experience as well as a Certified Financial Planner accreditation. Legal assistance includes a 30-minute, no-cost consultation with an attorney in your local area. Should you wish to have additional legal consultation at your expense, the attorney will provide a 25 percent discount on regular fees. The EAP also offers convenience and concierge counselors. Counselors provide guidance, information and referrals required to meet your needs in areas such as cleaning services, home improvement and automobile repair.
Life Management and Work-Life Assistance provides unlimited electronic counselor assistance and referrals for concerns related to child care, parenting, educational guidance, elder care, time management, money management, relocation, travel and consumer information.
Your wellness objectives receive extensive consultative assistance through the Carebridge program. Behavioral health specialists provide eligible employees and dependents up to three annual consultations on wellness issues such as substance abuse, depression, stress, coping with change, grief and loss. Wellness referral specialists are available to assist you in finding services in your community to enhance your health, such as smoking cessation, weight management and fitness programs.
Carebridge also provides extensive online resources through its website, www.myliferesource.com. Just go to the “My Life” page of www.crozerbenefits.org, click on the link, and enter the CKHS access code. You will find over 130,000 resources on more than 200 problems and concerns, as well as an e-mail consultation option. Five hundred interactive wellness education programs are offered along with 250 health and wellness multimedia videos. To obtain Crozer-Keystone’s secure access code, call Employee Benefit Services at (610) 595-6380.
Information regarding child and adolescent depression is located in two places on the My Life Resource site. First, navigate to the Universal “Life Helps” Library, located in the left column of the website, and select the “My Relationships” category. Then select “Child/Family Wellness” and choose the third category, “Children’s Mental Health.” Information can also be found in the “My Wellness” section of the Universal “Life Helps” Library. Select “Keeping Your Family Well” and again pick “Children’s Mental Health.”
My Life Resource’s Children’s Mental Health section includes a variety of resources regarding childhood and adolescent mental health problems. Many articles are devoted to informing you about the facts of depression, how to recognize the signs, how to help your child cope, where to find help and much more. Also under this heading is an interactive presentation on depression, as well as a video, “Is Your Child Depressed?” The site includes frequently asked questions, assessments, databases and useful websites.
When life throws you problems, Carebridge and My Life Resource are here to support you. Try it today — it’s completely free and confidential — and find the help you never knew was missing.