Updated: Oct 28, 2020
According to the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH), 1 in 5 children and youth have some kind of diagnosable emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorder. Furthermore, 1 in 10 adolescents have a mental health issue serious enough to impair their function at home or in school.
In many cases, when a child struggles at school, mental health is not the first potential cause to be investigated. It is easier to blame the child’s home life, socioeconomic status, or even the child’s ability to learn for academic issues rather than recognizing that something deeper may be going on – instead of recognizing that the child might be in need of support.
Millions of people struggle with mental health issues on a daily basis, but no one wants to think that these issues might affect children. As a parent, it is your responsibility to know what your child needs and to provide it. This includes identifying problem behaviors and seeking treatment when your child needs help.