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 the rest of the family about my child’s issues?

If you talk to your child’s brothers and sisters, use words that are right for their age and that they can understand. Be careful not to burden your other children with too much information, but respect their questions and concerns. In some cases, siblings or other family members may be asked to take part in some of your child’s treatment. If the treatment is home-based or involves new skills in the home, it will be helpful if the family understands and supports your child. However, it is vital to help your child feel safe and protect their privacy even within the family setting.

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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.