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Lincoln – May is Children's Mental Health Month, and a time to recognize that mentally healthy children are more likely to have a positive quality of life and to function well at home, in school, and in their communities.
“Mental health is important to overall health," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Heath at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Many children occasionally have fears and worries, or even occasional disruptive behaviors. If symptoms are severe and persistent, and interfere with school, home, or play activities, you should talk with your doctor or a mental health professional. Early intervention is the key to leading a healthy life."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the more common mental disorders diagnosed symptoms often start in early childhood, although some disorders may develop during the teenage years. The diagnosis is often made in the school years and sometimes earlier. However, some children with a mental disorder may not be recognized or diagnosed as having one.
During May, let's focus on what each of us can do to promote mental health in children
There are resources available to help you and your child and treat children's mental illnesses. They include:
If, like many parents, you're struggling to talk to your child about COVID-19, tips can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html