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Do Children Need Mental Health Care?

By Genevieve Cunningham

There's been a big push for better mental health awareness over the last few years. Luckily, putting your mental health first is now both important and expected. But even with the push toward solid mental health care and the shift in attitude surrounding care, there are still a few gaps in the mental health awareness plan. And one of the biggest gaps may actually surprise you. Kids. Believe it or not, even kids in our world today are suffering from mental health issues. But why? And what can we do to help? If you have children who you would like to keep mentally well, take a look at what you should know about the mental health of children.

What Are Kids Stressed About?

As adults, we often look at kids and wonder how they could possibly be stressed. But kids are under more pressure than ever before. They have high expectations in every aspect of their lives. And on top of that, kids aren't getting enough free play. In short, they're being forced to grow up too quickly. And as adults, we should know that growing up quickly simply brings on the stress at an earlier age.

What are Signs of Distress?

Many of the signs of distress are the same for kids and adults. Children may have a change in sleeping habits, moodiness, general irritability, a change in eating habits, and others. If your children just doesn't seem like themselves, it might be a good idea to check with them and determine whether they need some additional assistance and support.

How Can Parents and Adults Help?

One of the best things that parents and adults can do is to simply be present. Be physically, mentally, and emotionally present. It's also a great idea to allow your children to see your own self-care habits. Monkey see, monkey do. So show them habits that keep you safe. And of course, don't be afraid to reach out to get help if you suspect your child needs it … or if they ask for it. Be there for your kids in whatever way they need, and give them the space and time to feel better.

Everyone should be aware of good mental health practices. It’s not a bad idea to teach children how to care for themselves both physically and mentally. But since kids really can’t do it for themselves, it’s our jobs as parents to lead the charge. Watch out for these signs of distress and use these tips to keep your children well, and you may be setting them up for good health and wellness for the rest of their lives.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Castle Rock, Colo.

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