A child with health or mental health challenges may be struggling without your knowing it. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between normal childhood emotions and behaviors and those that are a cause for concern. Always start with love, support, communication, and careful observation, taking notes over a week or two to look for patterns in your child. Things to look for include irregular or unusual behaviors, anything from food/sleep changes to fears and anxieties, withdrawal, anger, highs and lows, stomach- or headaches, and altered social interactions.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Parents of teens often have questions about sleep changes, lack of concentration, withdrawing from friends, anxiety and depression. Kids in Wisconsin are experiencing a mental & behavioral health crisis, and many families are unsure how to address it with their children.