Mental Health Essentials: Knowledge and Skills to Support your Child
The parent-child relationship is the most powerful mental health intervention known to humankind. – Bessel van de Kolk
Even before the Pandemic, mental health disorders were the most common diseases of childhood. Due to the dramatic increase in children and teens entering hospital emergency departments, some are declaring a pediatric mental health emergency. Whether your child is doing fine and you want to prevent future mental health issues, or your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self or has actually declared suicidal thoughts, you can help.
Increase your awareness so that you can be positive and intentional about your relationship with your child.
Parents with Mental Health Literacy recognize that their own mental health affects their children’s well-being and that children’s behavior is sometimes a call for help. Mental health literacy is the ability to prevent, recognize and cope with mental health conditions. Participants in this Solutions Series Library will be able to:
- Identify and apply relationship strategies and everyday habits that support good mental health in children and teens
- Recognize the impact of parents’ mental health on the family
- Recognize and respond to signs in children and teens that more support is needed
Disclaimer: Information shared by Peace at Home Parenting teachers is not intended as a replacement for clinical mental health services. Your pediatrician can suggest clinical services or if your child is in crisis, go to your nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.