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Resources for Parents or Guardians

As a parent or guardian, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help.

What to Look For

  • Changes in school performance

  • Poor grades despite strong efforts

  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits(refusing to go to bed/ school)

  • Excessive worry or anxiety

  • Hyperactivity

  • Persistent nightmares

  • Persistent disobedience or aggression

  • Frequent temper tantrums​

What to do

  • Talk to your child's doctor, school nurse, or another health care provider and seek further information about the behaviors or symptoms that worry you

  • Ask your child's primary care physician if your child needs further evaluation by a specialist with experience in child behavioral problems

  • Talk to your medical provider about any medication and treatment plans

  • Ask the school about 31N Mental Health Services

Articles & Resources

How to Talk About Mental Health

Do you need help starting a conversation with your child about mental health?

Try leading with these questions, and actively listen to your child's response:

  • ​​Can you tell me more about what is happening? How are you feeling?

  • Have you had feelings like this in the past?

  • Sometimes you need to talk to an adult about your feelings. I'm here to listen. How can I help you feel better?

  • Do you want to talk to someone else about your problem?

  • I'm worried about your safety. Can you tell me if you have thoughts about harming yourself or others?

Tips for talking about Mental Health:

  • Communicate in a straightforward manner

  • Speak at a level that is appropriate to a child or adolescent's age and development level (preschool children need fewer details than teens)

  • Discuss the topic when your child feels safe and comfortable

  • Watch for reactions during the discussion and slow down or back up if your child becomes confused or looks upset

  • Listen openly and let them tell you about their feelings and worries

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