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.

What will other people think if they find out my child has a mental health issue?

It is common for people to worry about what others think and have concerns about the stigma (shame) of mental health issues. Stigma can sometimes get in the way of enabling your child to get the treatment he/she needs. Different cultures have different views about mental health issues and concerns and in some cultures it is not okay to talk about such issues. However, in our society it is becoming more accepted to talk about mental health concerns. Parents often say that a safe place to talk about their issues is with other parents who have some of the same concerns or experiences. Mental health issues should be treated like any other health concern that your child might have. However, if you have concerns, laws can protect you and your child’s privacy and information cannot be shared without your consent.

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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. 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.