Each May, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is held across the country to help increase public awareness about the needs of children with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day more than a decade ago to shine a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and to reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.
Below are some mental health warning signs parents should watch for in their children:
- Feeling very sad or withdrawn for two or more weeks
- Involved in multiple fights, using a weapon, or wanting badly to hurt others
- Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to lose weight
- Intensive worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
- Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts him/her in physical danger or causes school failure
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
- Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Drastic changes in his/her behavior or personality
Since its inception, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day has served to raise awareness of the efficacy of community-based mental health and substance use services for children, youth, young adults, and their families; demonstrate how children’s mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and show how children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders can flourish in their communities.
At Robins’ Nest, we offer a variety of mental health services for children and adolescents, including one-on-one and group counseling, Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, and in-home therapeutic services.
For more information or to make an appointment, call our toll-free number at 833-444-6378 or request an appointment online.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, (2019) https://www.samhsa.gov/childrens-awareness-day
- Robins Nest Counseling and Wellness Centers, Children and Adolescent Services, https://robinsnestcounseling.org/
- Child Mind Institute, 11 Simple Signs a Child May Have a Psychiatric Disorder (2019), https://childmind.org/article/11-simple-signs-a-child-may-have-a-psychiatric-disorder/