Do you care for your child’s mental health?

Being vigilant for early signs of mental health issues is crucial. While children can’t always articulate their feelings and experiences, they often manifest distress through behaviours and physical symptoms. Common signs include:

a. Changes in behaviour: Sudden shifts in behaviour, such as increased aggression, withdrawal, or excessive mood swings, can signal underlying mental health concerns.

b. Sleep disturbances: Frequent nightmares, difficulty falling asleep, or excessive sleep can be indicators of anxiety or depression.

c. Academic difficulties: A decline in school performance or an abrupt loss of interest in academics may be a cry for help.

d. Physical complaints: Children may express emotional distress through physical symptoms, such as stomachaches and headaches.

e. Changes in appetite: Significant changes in eating habits, whether it’s overeating or a loss of appetite, should not be ignored.

3. The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

One reason parents must be vigilant is the stigma often associated with mental health issues. Children may be hesitant to talk about their feelings or ask for help, fearing judgement or misunderstanding. By creating an open and accepting environment at home, parents can encourage their children to share their emotions and seek assistance when needed.

By Bury