If you have a child who is affected by mental health issues, it can be very stressful and you may feel out of control at times. However, there are some specific self-help strategies that you can use to reduce your worry and to improve the emotional health of your child.
Common mental health issues include depression, anxiety and stress. Being aware of the common signs and symptoms of these conditions can be useful to recognise changes in your child’s behaviour. However, not every child will display the same symptoms of distress. The symptoms shown will also depend on the age of your child.
Emotional distress can affect children in 4 different ways: the way they feel physically, their behaviour, the way they feel emotionally, and the way they think. Everybody is different and will react to emotional distress in different ways. It is therefore important to recognise your child’s individual responses. Remember that this can be different, even within siblings. It is also important to note that even if your child is experiencing emotional distress, this does not necessarily mean that they have a mental health condition, but you may still want to get an assessment.