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Children’s Mental Health: Helping Parents Help Their Kids – and Themselves

A local parent talks about the mental health challenges faced by her son after Harvey. And we learn about a program to help Houston children cope with the disaster.


Mental health issues can be challenging enough for adults to deal with. But they can be even harder for children – who often lack the language and awareness to even recognize their problem, let alone ask for help.

So, what mental health services are out there for parents and their children to turn to — especially after something potentially traumatizing like Hurricane Harvey?

In the audio above, we meet Leslie Culhane, a local parent whose family was displaced by the storm. One of her sons began experiencing panic attacks afterward.

And we learn about a program being implemented locally called Journey of Hope, which was designed after Hurricane Katrina and used in New Orleans. Meredith Reid with the organization Save the Children tells us how it’s being used in Houston.

Meredith Reid and Leslie Culhane
Meredith Reid of Save the Children and Leslie Culhane, whose family was displaced after Harvey.

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