Children's and teens' mental health is as important to their well-being as their physical health. If you're concerned about your child's mental health, start with the Mental Wellness Checklist to learn more about what is typical behavior and for some simple things to try that might help.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General in any given year about 20% of children in the country have a diagnosable mental illness and more than 7.5 million American children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental illness that significantly interferes with their day-to-day life.
If your child has symptoms of mental illness it is important to seek treatment. Mental illness in children and adolescents is treatable. Early identification and intervention is important to ensure the best outcome for your child. With the appropriate treatment many children can make a full recovery or their illness and symptoms can be controlled so they live fully functioning lives. For potential warning signs that your child may need help, click here.