Mental health — an essential part of children’s overall health — is positively linked with their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside.
For children and teens, summertime is associated with positive emotions and freedom from school. However, summer can also be a time when certain mental health issues need even more attention than usual. The potential unstructured nature of the summer can feed into any underlying anxiety and depression present in kids.
The resources on this page will help you identify mental health services in our area. The tips will give you ideas to help your kids get outside and enjoy the summer. Remember to try to limit the amount of time your kids are online, watching TV, or playing video games. Be sure they’re active, getting plenty of sleep and exercising.
Children’s Outpatient Services provides intensive therapeutic on-site, school-based and home-based services, psychosocial rehabilitation, basic living skills training, individual, family and group therapy for children and their families suffering from mental health, behavioral problems, traumatic life events or co-occurring substance use disorders.
The program accepts Medicaid and some private insurance. Financial assistance may be available for uninsured patients.
Hours for the program’s access center are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.
100 West Columbia Street
Orlando, FL 32806
F.O.C.U.S provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults and families in the home, office, neighborhood centers, and schools. The prevention level counseling services are provided by masters level counselors on a variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anger, school difficulties, self-esteem, motivation, trauma, and anxiety. Services are free to Orange County residents.
Summer hours begin June 20 and are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday by appointment. During the school year, hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
237 Lookout Place
Maitland, FL 32751
Helping adolescents with self-esteem and self-confidence, anger management, school and behavioral concerns, bullying, relationship concerns, preparation for the transition to college and new levels of independence
Winter Park Location
901 W. Webster Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
9839 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32817
323 E. Kennedy Blvd
Maitland, FL 32751
Each center provides individual and family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults through outpatient, in-home, and school-based services. Various other services and assistance are available through NCF. There is no fee for services.
The Winter Park Health Foundation is proud to support the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI), a collection of school-based health services to bolster the health of the whole child and remove barriers to learning. We believe Healthy Kids Make Better Students.