Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

How do I talk to my child about this?

It is important for parents to be honest and use words your children can understand. A good place to start is by asking your child to talk about what is worrying them or bothering them. It is important to create a safe place where your child can talk with you in the open about their issues. Some parents find that a certain time or place is best for talking to your child. It is important for you to use the words that your child can understand and to answer their questions in a simple way so that you do not burden them with unnecessary information.  Explain to your child that because of the concerns they have been having, you are going to talk to someone who can help. As your child continues getting help, it is important to keep talking with your child so that they can share their ideas/concerns. If you are having problems talking to your child, developing a better relationship and open communication can be one of the goals of treatment.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. During the month of May, many organizations will highlight the importance of mental health and conduct events related to treatment and support. In Connecticut, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great local resource. http://www.namict.org/ Also, you can search our resource database for help by clicking here.  You can also search for a CT Provider trained in certain evidence-based practices by clicking here.