How to cope when your child is hospitalized for a behavior health concern

Navigating all of the unknowns, subsequent shame, rules, and paperwork can be completely overwhelming. As stressful as it is, the Bend Health team is here to remind you that there is support available for you.

By Donna McCutchen, LCSW, LICSW, LMSW-C

September 29, 2022

It can be scary and overwhelming when your child or teen is hospitalized for any reason, but when it’s related to behavioral health concerns, it can be especially frightening. You may be feeling anxious because you’re not sure what to expect, or relief that your child is in a safe space. Or maybe you’re experiencing some anger or questioning how you’ll ever get through this. Some parents find themselves asking if they could have done more or if this is their fault. 

Rest assured that all of these reactions are completely understandable. Honestly, as a parent and a mental health professional, I get it. Navigating all of the unknowns, subsequent shame, rules, and paperwork can be completely overwhelming. As stressful as it is, the Bend Health team is here to remind you that there is support available for you. And we’re here to provide you with some tips and tools to help your family get through this time in the best way that you can. 

Tip #1: Take care of yourself

Tip #2: Communicate with the hospital and your child

Tip #3: Follow the advice of the professionals

We know that this can be a difficult time and that’s why we’re here to offer support for you and your family. Continue to talk openly with your child about all they are going through, encourage them at every step, and give them the space and time necessary to grow and heal. Oh, and remember to take care of yourself along the way too. Facing these challenges isn’t easy, but with you in their corner and the right support systems in place, your child can get on the path to feeling better. 

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