Supporting the mental health of kids and teens is more important than ever. With the ever-changing environment of the pandemic, to civil unrest and racial inequality, to the inequities some families face or even just growing up – kids are facing a mountain of potential barriers to positive mental health.
Mental health and wellness are just as important to all of us as our physical health. About 1 in 5 children experiences an impairing mental health disorder and 50% of lifetime mental illness begins by age 14. Because of this, it is important to talk about mental health openly and often with your child. This will help you and them recognize changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and know when to get help. You can also help them learn ways to manage their emotions and build resiliency to better manage life’s challenges.