Your Child's 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. To learn more about what is typical development, click here.

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 it.

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


Local Resources

  • United Parents: Parent mentors, local support groups and referrals, respite and parenting workshops - Call (805) 384-1555 or click here
  • Interface Children & Family Services: Call (805) 485-6114 or click here
  • Aspiranet: For families at risk of out-of-home placement; foster care and adoption services - Call (805) 289-0120 or click here
  • Kids & Families Together: For children and their families, including kinship and foster caregivers - Call (805) 643-1446 or click here
  • City Impact: Counseling services and early intervention and prevention programs. Call (805) 983-3636 or or click here
  • Casa Pacifica: Services include residential for children and non-public special education and therapeutic preschool - Call (805) 445-7800 or click here
  • Transformational Liaison Program: Assistance in navigating the mental health system, providing direction and referral. Call (805) 981-4227.
  • Helping your child succeed at school: Ventura County SELPA - Call (805) 437-1560 or click here
  • For assessment and referral: Call the VCBH STAR Team at (866) 998-2243.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline: Call 1-866-431-CIRT for the Children's Crisis Team (CIRT)

See For More Information for additional resources.