You are a trusted resource for your child when they have questions about life and the changes they experience as they get older. Here you’ll find information on mental health conditions, risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, and practical ways you can help support your child’s mental health and well-being. It all begins with a conversation.
Make the commitment to check-in. It’s easy to get started! Just follow the steps below. Print this list and place it somewhere that you check every day, like your fridge or front door.
How to start a conversation:
Learning more about mental health will better prepare you to find the right help and treatment when necessary. While the information below is a great start, you should always seek the advice of a qualified health care professional, like a doctor or psychologist, to better understand what your child might be experiencing.
Common mental health conditions found in children and youth can include:*
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In a mental health emergency, you can request that a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) be dispatched to your call. CITs are trained to respond to mental health emergencies and will be better able to assist you and the emergency personnel who respond.
Whatever you are going through, you should know that you don’t have to go through it alone. There are several resources available to support you and give you guidance.
If you’re not sure who to call, you can dial 2-1-1 anytime and they’ll be able to direct you to the right resource.
Some examples of people you can contact for support include: