August 20, 2020
By: Lisa Desai
Welcome to the newest edition of the Behavioral Health Q&A Column! VPPPA has partnered with experts at MindWise Innovations to present a monthly Q&A article addressing questions that members might be hesitant to ask about. These columns will address your questions about mental health, substance abuse, brain injuries, family issues and more. We will be posting a new column on the third Thursday of each month. To submit your own question for the experts click here.
I'm worried about my kids learning virtually this school year and how isolating it will be. How can I tell if they're struggling emotionally?
If your child is showing concerning signs, it’s important to acknowledge it and show your child that you care. Some general warning signs to look out for are:
Suicide thoughts and feelings can arise when feelings of helpless and hopeless persist and/or intensify. While supportive responses from family members and friends can help get through these times, always seek out professional advice to help your child and yourself.
What should I do if I'm concerned that my child is depressed?
If your child is showing signs of depression, it’s important to take some time to start a conversation about mental health. This can be tough for families as often in our society, mental health isn’t discussed openly like physical health.
Feelings of depression or anxiety are often hidden because youth are confused, embarrassed, or ashamed. You can help protect your child and their friends by talking to them. Here are a few recommendations:
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