It is easy for parents to identify children’s physical needs such as
good food, safe housing, and plenty of sleep and exercise. Children’s
mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious, but they are just as
important. Good mental health allows children to develop socially, and
intellectually, build self-esteem, learn new skills, and develop a
positive mental outlook.
Children’s mental health problems are real, common, and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help. Untreated mental health problems can disrupt children’s functioning at home, school, and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health issues are at increased risk of school failure, contact with the criminal justice system, dependence on social services, and even suicide.
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, can help determine whether you need to seek help for your child.
The following signs may indicate the need for professional help:
Early identification, diagnosis and treatment can help children reach
their full potential. If you suspect a problem or have questions, talk
with your child’s pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.
Signs of good mental health in children include:
Source: Mental Health America