03 February 2021 / 5 mins read

Mental health is being discussed more than ever right now with the fallout from worries and lifestyle changes resulting from the pandemic. But something that needs to be highlighted is that children can suffer from mental health issues, too. 

It’s important to have a full understanding of what mental health is, warning signs that a child may need some help, methods for helping your child at home, and when to seek medical intervention. 

What Is Mental Health?

Just as physical health addresses the body, mental health addresses the mind. Mental health is the consideration of the emotional and psychological well-being of an individual.  

Mental health issues have the ability to reduce a person’s overall well-being and can impact every aspect of their life, including relationships, school, and extracurricular activities. But children who suffer from mental health issues can also see a change in their physical health, such as not being able to sleep well at night and feeling ill from stress. 

Common Mental Health Issues in Children

Although children can develop a variety of mental health issues, there are three big ones experts often see in this age group. These include:

How Can You Tell If a Child Might Have a Mental Health Issue?

It can be tricky for parents and teachers to spot children who are in distress. Children, especially teenagers, can be pretty dramatic. What bothers them one day might be completely forgotten the next.

It’s best to look for patterns of behavior, rather than using one incident to determine if your child is struggling. These are some signs that children might be facing mental health issues.

Keep in mind that some children are better than others at hiding their symptoms. Some may have a classic checklist of most of these symptoms. But there can also be children who seem fine academically, socially, and behaviorally, but have hidden signs, such as inflicting harm to themselves through cutting

Pay close attention to your child so you can quickly spot what seems out of the norm for them. 

Ways to Help Your Child With Their Issues

The first step you should take is to consult a medical professional, whether it’s your child’s doctor or a therapist. There is no shame in consulting a professional for help with mental issues, just as you’d see a doctor if there were something physically wrong with you.

The professional you talk to will be able to do an examination of your child to rule out any medical causes for their symptoms. They can also give you a plan of attack to have your child feeling better soon. But there are things you can be doing at home to help your child.

Keep Working Through It

Mental issues can be difficult because they aren’t something tangible that people understand unless they’ve gone through it themselves. If your child suffers from one, you won’t find a solution overnight. You’ll have to keep working at it jointly and, before long, you’ll start to see progress.