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Weekly Wellness Tips

According to health experts, mental health is an important part of a child's and adult's overall health.
 
What is mental health?
"Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems" (CDC, 2019). 
 
By recognizing or treating symptoms of a mental disorder early, more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up can be prevented. 
 
For more details from health experts, click on the link here on recognizing the warning signs among young and older children and adolescents. 
 

Tips for Encouraging Good Mental Health in Children

  • Open lines of communication by talking to children about their emotions so that they feel open to sharing their thoughts without feeling judged.
  • Build their self-esteem by giving them experiences that help them succeed without fear of failing or judgement. 
  • Be a good role model for children by setting a good example for dealing with stress or negativity.
  • Keep children actively engaged in exercise and social activity to promote positive cognitive and mental health benefits. 
  • Acknowledge their accomplishment in facing fears.
  • Seek professional assistance if children experiences warning signs of mental health problems.

Child Development

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References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Last Reviewed: May 12, 2019. Accessed: May 6, 2019.
National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Accessed: May 6, 2019.