Having good mental health is key to the healthy development and wellbeing of every child and young person. Everyone needs good mental health – not only to be able to deal with challenges and adapt to change, but so they can feel good about themselves, build healthy relationships with others and enjoy life.
Mental health can be influenced by a range of things, such as family circumstances, school, social relationships and life events. Children and young people can experience mental health issues at any age and the best thing you can do is get some help.
Everyone feels sad, angry or upset sometimes, including children and young people. However, if someone feels like this most of the time, it’s a sign they may need support. Other signs include difficulty coping, getting on with others or staying engaged in activities.
Children and young people can struggle with a range of issues as they grow up. Some of the signs of mental health concerns tend to be:
1. Feeling anxious or worried
2. Feeling depressed or unhappy
3. Emotional outbursts
4. Sleep problems
5. Weight or appetite changes
6. Quiet or withdrawn
7. Substance abuse
8. Feeling guilty or worthless
9. Changes in behaviour or feelings
If you or your child is experiencing mental health concerns or just not themselves, it is may be important that you seek professional support sooner rather than later. Our Central Coast Psychologists are very experienced at supporting children, youth and families managing mental health concerns. Our Psychologists offer a professional and private telehealth & online service, using technology that enables you to access services wherever your location in Australia.
Don’t forget that you can ask your GP for a referral as part of a Mental Health Care Plan and medicare will then cover some of the cost of seeing the psychologist.