Stress is not just for adults.
Nor is sadness, or loneliness, or hurt or anger.
Kids have these feelings too, and they can get in the way of their happiness and their ability to learn.
Experts say that mental health can be just as important as physical health for children and adults.
There is a lot parents can do to keep problems to a minimum. According to the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), these are the basics for a child’s good mental health:
- Unconditional love from family
- Self-confidence and high self-esteem
- The opportunity to play with other children
- Encouraging teachers and supportive care givers
- Safe and secure surroundings
- Appropriate guidance and discipline
Here are some signs to look for that the NMHA says may indicate your child is having problems:
- A drop in school grades
- Regular worry or anxiety
- Repeated refusal to go to school or participate in normal activities
- Persistent nightmares
- Persistent disobedience or aggression
- Depression, sadness or irritability
Mental health issues can interfere with a student’s readiness to learn. If you feel like your child is having problems, you can contact your school’s CHILL mental health counselor.