Westborough, MA: Retiring youth director has seen "dramatic changes" in kids

July 7, 2018, Milford (MA) Daily News: Westborough youth services director to step down For 23 years, Westborough Youth and Family Services Director John Badenhausen has led his department in an ever-changing environment with a focus on community guidance…. Over the years, Badenhausen has led the department to expand and become a bigger part of the town…. That growth in Westborough, Badenhausen noted, has led to higher demands on his office. While the department helps a lot of children, as the name suggests, it provides services to Westborough residents of all ages who might not otherwise be able to receive counseling. Badenhausen said his office receives referrals not only from the school system, but also from the Police Department and other organizations. Badenhausen has seen dramatic changes in the issues his patients face. In his early years, he often saw children who were uncooperative - they didn’t do their homework or they refused to clean their rooms. “Now kids come in and it’s eating disorders, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety or trauma,” said Badenhausen. “The intensity of the need is more now than it was when I was first here.”… “I think life is more stressful now,” said Badenhausen, adding that not only is technology and social media becoming more pervasive, but so too are financial obligations within a household. “There is so much more crowding for our attention,” he said….