Mental health is a big issue for children and adolescents. In any given year, 1 in 5 young people aged 13-18 experience a mental health disorder. And yet, only about 20% of these young people receive treatment.
There are many different types of mental health disorders that can affect children and adolescents, including anxiety disorders, depression, conduct disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some of these disorders can be quite serious and even lead to suicide.
It’s important to get help if you think your child is struggling with a mental health disorder. There are many effective treatments available.
There are a few key things you can do to support your child if you think they are struggling with a mental health disorder:
Talk to your child about what they’re going through
It’s important to talk to your child about their feelings and experiences. This can help them feel more comfortable talking about their mental health and can also help you better understand what they’re going through.
Encourage them to get help
If you think your child is struggling with a mental health disorder, call a mental health professional or encourage them to get help.
Help them stick to their treatment plan
If your child is getting mental health treatment, help them stick to their treatment plan. This may include things like going to therapy or taking medication. It’s important to follow through with treatment in order for it to be effective.
Be there for them
Make sure you are there for your child. Show them support and understanding. Let them know you love them and that you will help them get through this.
Seek help for yourself if needed
It’s also important to take care of yourself if you are supporting a child with a mental health disorder. Taking care of yourself will help you be better able to take care of your child. If you need support, there are many resources available, such as support groups for parents of children with mental health disorders.
Aware is a woman-owned company that wants to make a difference by protecting our children, our communities, and eventually the world. If you think your child may be struggling with a mental health disorder, please seek help. There are many resources available to you, including professional counseling and therapy services, as well as online resources such as this blog post. You are not alone!