Reaching developmental and emotional milestones, acquiring positive social skills, and learning how to deal with challenges are all part of growing up mentally well. Children who are mentally healthy enjoy life more and are better able to thrive at home, at school, and in their communities.
The formative years of life—childhood and adolescence—are crucial for mental health. The brain is undergoing fast growth and development at this period. In order to assume adult roles in society, children and adolescents develop cognitive and social-emotional skills that influence their long-term mental health.
The wellbeing and development of children and adolescents are influenced by the environment in which they are raised. Early adverse experiences in homes, schools, or online, such as being exposed to violence, having a parent or other carer who is mentally ill, being bullied, and living in poverty, raise the risk of mental illness.
Mental health problems affect around one in six children. The most common childhood mental health diagnoses are anxiety disorders, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
How can you support your child's mental health?
The following things can support children's mental health:
Other elements, such as feeling loved, trusted, understood, and safe, are also crucial. Children who are resilient, upbeat, and who feel like they have some control over their lives and belong are more likely to be mentally well.