Discussing a child’s mental health can be a sensitive topic that adults find difficult to address – and recently, it has been the subject of a lot of news headlines. Children and adolescents can show signs of a mental condition at an early age, and just like a medical diagnosis, the sooner action is taken, the better the outcome.
20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition – meaning these diagnoses are far more common that people may think. If you notice symptoms (summarized here by the National Alliance on Mental Health) that seem persistent, finding help is the first step in helping your child receive treatment and learn how to manage their mental health.
Not sure where to start? There are different types of counseling depending on their age, circumstances, or behavior – three examples that are available at PHS are individual therapy, play therapy, and sibling support groups. By talking to a mental health counselor, you can determine what the best fit would be for your child. Learn more about these types and benefits below.
If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, counseling is available for children, adolescents and adults at our Roseville office – learn more by filling out the form on our page and hear one parent’s experience. You can also find therapists across Minnesota (and the United States) on Psychology Today’s website.
Originally published: February 27, 2018