This year has not been an easy one – between the coronavirus pandemic, the protests surrounding systemic racism in the U.S., political turmoil, civil unrest, and other stressful current events, young children and teenagers may be experiencing levels of stress and anxiety that may not be obvious. It is important that parents and other responsible family members prioritize their children’s mental health during these stressful times. As a parent or guardian, we need to understand the effect and impact of stressors and mental trauma, and what we should monitor for in children’s emotional health and mental health.
What to Watch Out For
If you notice your young child or teenager isolating themselves from family and friends and withdrawing from peers, they may be suffering from anxiety or depression which is easily exacerbated by ongoing current events. Some key indicators about challenges to children’s emotional health and mental health include:
- Changes in behavior (acting irritable or moody) or hostility towards family members
- Withdrawing from activities
- Regularly expressing worries
- Complaining about school
- Displaying abnormal and fearful reactions
- Clinging to a parent more so than usual
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Eating too much or too little
- Abandoning friendships
What Can We Do
As a child’s parent or guardian, you are in a position to help younger children and teenagers alike by helping to promote a sense of safety and provide them with access to mental health resources such as the qualified therapists and mental health professionals at the Granato Group. If you notice your child or teenager struggling in maintaining their emotional health and mental health, feel free to contact us where we can put together a plan that includes helping them to check in on their mental well-being and learn coping skills while addressing and exploring underlying mental health issues.