Noticing Mental Health Concerns

Noticing Mental Health Concerns for Your Child - Info Sheet
Posted on 09/24/2021

Please click here to access the information sheet, and here to go to the School Mental Health Ontario website.

From the information sheet:

"Individuals and families have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in unique and varied ways. For some, significant changes to daily routines, a sense of isolation and loss, and various other factors may have led to new or increased mental health concerns. Emotional and behavioural difficulties can arise at any time, and can affect anyone. As families prepare for the return to school, it is important to consider signs that could indicate that your child is struggling with an emerging or escalating mental health problem. Identifying problems early, and providing caring support, goes a long way towards prevention and/or worsening of difficulties. You know your child best, and can notice changes in their behaviours or emotions. Right now, however, it can be difficult to know whether things you observe are just normal ups and downs associated with the pandemic, part of return to school jitters, or related to an emerging mental health concern. Here are some ways to consider whether your child might be experiencing a mental health problem, and offer help. While we use the term “child” throughout, we recognize that your child may actually be a teenager or young adult. No matter their age, they are still your child."
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