Stress is not just for adults.

Depressed ChildNor 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.

Online Resources was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation’s leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.

KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information.

Mental Health America, is an advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide. The website provides information on a variety of mental health and mental illness issues, as well as feature stories, news and programs.

The National Institute of Mental Health website provides information about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health issues. The agency’s goal is to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain and behavior. The NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s primary agency for biomedical and behavioral research.