Mental health concerns in children are more common than you think. Currently 1 in 7 children (4-11 years) experience a mental illness. Having good mental health habits begins as early as childhood. Developing a resilient mind set and having good mental health as a child will set them up for life. A healthy mind leads to healthy development and balanced wellbeing.
Having good mental health helps children adjust to the changes and challenges in life. Some common mental health related issues include:
- Relationship problems
- Eating or body image issues
- Bullying (includes cyber bullying)
- Anxiety or worry
- Sad or depressed
- Behavioural issues
Are you a parent looking for help?
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, or not sure if what is happening is mental health related, Beyond Blue has a child mental health checklist you can use to help you out.
If you are looking for local support, The STAR4 Kids Program is available. STAR4Kids (Supporting Them to Achieve Resilience) is a free program for any child aged 3-12 who have behavioural or emotional difficulties.
Are you a kid looking for help?
The kids helpline is a great place to chat to someone if you’re feeling overwhelmed, sad, hurt or stressed out. You can talk to someone on the phone or even chat to them online.