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The Center for Children's Health

Mental Health

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Every child deserves hope.

Nurture the emotional and behavioral health of your child so they can reach their full potential mentally, physically and socially.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 34% of Texas high school students (Grades 9th - 12th) have depression symptoms, compared to 31% in the United States. Moreover, 34% of students (Grades 9th-12th) in Texas reported that they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row so that they stopped doing some usual activities.

CCHAPS 2018 data indicates that 11% of children (ages 5-14) in the six-county primary service area have been told by a healthcare provider that they have a mental illness or disorder. Additionally, only 28% percent of parents who have children ages 0-14 reported they are familiar with mental health services in their community.

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.

To access any of Cook Children's services, contact our Intake Department at (682) 885-3917.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 |

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. People you can talk to might include:

  • Mental health provider
  • School counselor
  • Church or clergy member
  • Physician
  • Adult you trust (coach, teacher, neighbor, parent)

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Wellness Alliance for Total Children's Health

Wellness Alliance for Total Children's Health (WATCH) of Denton County

Because every child deserves hope, the Denton County community dedicates its unified resources to equip our children to reach their full potential mentally, physically and socially to achieve their maximum personal success.

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