Let's Talk about Kids' Mental Health

Did you know that over 20% of children experience mental health disorders1? Talking about mental health can be tough, but it's important! Both parents and caregivers should focus on promoting emotional wellbeing for all children through love, guidance, and support2. You can take a Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to recognize symptoms, talk to kids about mental health, and seek help3.

For Parents: If you are concerned about your child’s mental health but don’t know what to do, you can talk to:

  • Your child’s pediatrician: They can discuss your concerns & refer you to mental health providers if needed.
  • School staff: Social workers, psychologists, and counselors are often available to help support your child academically and emotionally.
  • Your local CSB: Virginia offers 24/7 mental health care support. Find one near you.
  • Children’s Mental Health Resource Center (Richmond area): Free support & referrals to help you navigate mental health services.

Don’t forget to tell your sitter any important information about your child’s emotional and behavioral health. Let her know what strategies work best for you so that she can provide the best care possible.

For ASAP Sitters: If you recognize anything that concerns you while caring for a child, make sure to mention it to the parents. Let them know you care about and support their child.

 Resources: Want to learn more? Check out these sites for more information.

Written by ASAP Sitter Caitlin.

 

References: 

1National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Any disorder among children. Retrieved September 17, 2016, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-...

2Mental Health America. (2016). What every child needs for good mental health. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/every-child-needs

3Mental Health First Aid USA. (2013). Youth mental health first aid. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/