How to support your Child’s Mental Health
Firstly, your Child’s Mental Health is important, and here are some ways on how to support your child. These help in their overall health as well.
Some exercises for parents include:
- LOVE: Be there for your child and show care and love
- EXERCISE: Encourage play exercise and sport
- BEHAVIOR: Keep an eye out for any changes in behavior
- SUPPORT: Regularly support, encourage and praise your child
- REST TIME: Help your child to manage stress by building in some rest time
- BE PROUD: Tell your child that you are proud of them
- PATIENCE: Be patient. Don’t pressure your child.
- HELP: Don’t be afraid to seek help from professionals
- FEELING: Get to know how your child is feeling
- EDUCATE: Educate yourself about mental health problems
- PROBLEM SOLVING: Help your child to effectively problem solve
- LISTEN: In addition, make sure you take time to listen to what your child has to say
- COPING: Also, help your child to learn some simple coping skills like relaxation
- SYMPTOMS: Be aware of signs and symptoms
- CONVERSATION: Encourage your child to engage in conversation
- ENVIRONMENT: Provide a positive environment for your child so that they can thrive
Nevertheless, there are plenty of resources. However, an institute of National Significance – the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences – has a division on child and adolescent mental health, which you could consult. Their website link is here. Finally, consult a neuropsychiatrist if you feel you need to learn more or get help for your kid’s emotional health.