Wellness - Adolescence | 10-18 yrs

What Kids Need For Good Mental Health?

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Sound mental health is essential for the overall development of children. It has a complex relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in both academic and non-academic activities.

According to the website of American Psychological Association, approximately 15 million young people in the US have been diagnosed with mental health disorders. Research by the Indian Council of Medical Research has reported that 12% children between ages 4 and 16 suffered from psychiatric disorders in India. These figures are definitely alarming. When a child grows up without basic support and mentorship at home, he will be ill-equipped to handle anxiety and stress. This, in turn, affects his confidence, self-esteem, social skills, and the ability to handle time pressures and multiple tasks at school. It is, therefore, important that you identify those aspects that should be taken care of to ensure sound mental health for your child.

There are some simple things you can do to bring up your child with good mental health. Spend more time with him to build a strong bond of love and trust; this will ensure that he feels secure and has someone to discuss problems with. Maintain healthy communication by asking questions and listening to him. Provide him time for physical activity and family activities.

Remember, it is possible to make your child overcome mental health disorders and enable him to attain success in life. The famous Olympian Michael Phelps is an example. He had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder during early childhood; however, he grew up to become one of the most successful athletes. For more, have a look at the following ClipBook.

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