Mental Health Talks Between You And Your Child
Parents, as your kids grow up in these troubled times it’s important to be aware of signs/warnings of problems. Recently estimated around 17.1 million, US children have mental, behavioral or emotional disorder, according to Child Mind Institute. Most children don’t seek help at times due to stigmas and lack of recognition to certain diseases. As a parent, there are key symptoms, myths, and methods to be aware of if you believe your child might be suffering. Today we will look at the information we have on mental health for your child and what steps you should take to help.
Myths About Children & Mental Health
A child’s physical and mental health are connected. For an experienced love one, you might be able to see the signs that something might be off whether that’s speech, interaction, or even physical appearance. It is important to bring these things to light, especially if you suspect any problems going on with your child. One myth that keeps kids from opening up is the idea that a mental health issue is a sign of personal weakness. Another myth is that you can power through any problems. Showing your child that by opening up to someone is, in fact, brave and that they can get help without all the struggling might help their mindsets change. Growing out of a mental health disorder is a myth and has an 85% chance of returning, help your child understanding its seriousness helps move along the process of getting help.
How to Talk To Your Child
There are a few different ways to talk to your children about mental health. One of those ways is a true heart to heart while casually doing what you guys always do, whether that’s watching tv or washing the dishes. Asking your child about their emotions and comparing it to a feeling helps them open up in ways without making them feel like they are just laying all of their problems on you.
Making your child understand that you love them no matter what is a way for them to open up about their struggles even when they feel like you won’t listen or care. Letting your child know that they have a safe space to run to helps them feel more at peace when discussing things with you, a place where they can just talk while someone listens. With being loving and understanding if your child does indeed have mental issues or issues in all matters they will know they can go to their parents without the fear of persecution.
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