Child and Teen Mental Health

Mental Wellness Checklist

How do you know if your child is mentally well? What is typical?

Every child is different. When children develop language, motor, and social skills varies from child to child. 

Not every behavior problem is serious. In fact, many everyday stresses can cause changes in your child's behavior. For example, stress from a new baby in the family or a divorce may cause a child to temporarily act much younger than he or she is. Before assuming that there is a mental health problem, it can be worth trying changes to see if that makes a difference.

If you're concerned about your child's mental health, try these simple things first:

  • Has your child had a full medical checkup recently? There may be a physical problem that needs attention.
  • Try less TV
  • More sleep
  • Exercise every day
  • Healthier food
  • More calm and quiet
  • Learn more about parenting tips and positive ways to manage your children's behavior
  • Find out if there are problems at school or elsewhere that are causing stress, such as bullying.
  • Adults' anger can influence children without your realizing.

If you're still concerned, click here for warning signs and symptoms to look out for.


Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Resources, National Institute of Mental Health