La Crosse, WI: Boys & Girls Club addresses mental health issues in kids

Dec 11, 2017, La Crosse (WI) Tribune: Fill the Boot: Positive experiences build on Boys & Girls Clubs mental health initiatives On any given day, children at the seven locations of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse can be doing anything from playing basketball to making pipe cleaner art. … Over the past year, the BGC has expanded its mental health initiatives significantly to address those needs, hiring two behavioral health specialists, Laquita Becker-Zarecki and Nicole Sobkowiak. “There’s been an increase in suicidal ideation and attempts, substance use and depression and anxiety issues. There really aren’t enough providers to go around, and then there’s a population of families who aren’t going to go to traditional outpatient counseling services because there’s still a lot of stigma,” Becker-Zarecki said. … They review what’s happening at school and at home to see if the behavior is happening elsewhere or if there is a certain event that the child might need help with. …

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