Stress is not just for adults.

Depressed ChildNor is sadness, or loneliness, or hurt or anger.

Kids have these feelings too, and they can get in the way of their happiness and their ability to learn.

Experts say that mental health can be just as important as physical health for children and adults.

There is a lot parents can do to keep problems to a minimum. According to the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), these are the basics for a child’s good mental health:

  • Unconditional love from family
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • The opportunity to play with other children
  • Encouraging teachers and supportive care givers
  • Safe and secure surroundings
  • Appropriate guidance and discipline

Here are some signs to look for that the NMHA says may indicate your child is having problems:

  • A drop in school grades
  • Regular worry or anxiety
  • Repeated refusal to go to school or participate in normal activities
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Depression, sadness or irritability

Mental health issues can interfere with a student’s readiness to learn. If you feel like your child is having problems, you can contact your school’s CHILL mental health counselor.

Online Resources

For Parents

TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation’s leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, TheAntiDrug.com serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.

KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information.

Mental Health America, is an advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide. The website provides information on a variety of mental health and mental illness issues, as well as feature stories, news and programs.

The National Institute of Mental Health website provides information about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health issues. The agency’s goal is to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain and behavior. The NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s primary agency for biomedical and behavioral research.

For Kids

BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Girls Health website was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.

It’s My Life is a website funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that focuses on the life issues kids face. It is aimed at children ages 9-12 and includes articles, reader stories and provides a chance to play games, take quizzes and polls and watch video clips of kids discussing feelings and experiences. The site covers Friends, Family, School, Body and Emotions.