Support Your Child’s Mental Health and Well-Being
Family awareness and early identification are often the first steps to effective treatment for children and teens with mental health or behavioral disorders. It can be challenging to tell the difference between ‘normal’ problems that all children and adolescents experience from time to time, and behavior that may be indicative of a mental health disorder.
At South Coast Community Services, we are passionate and care about youth mental health. Continue reading to discover more information on mental health conditions, frequently asked questions, and practical ways you can help support your child’s mental health and well-being.
Common Mental Health Conditions
Mental health disorders can often be challenging for parents to identify. As a result, many children and adolescents who could benefit from treatment don't receive the help they need. Common mental health disorders — or developmental disorders that are addressed by mental health professionals — may include:
Child Anxiety - Anxiety is characterized by intense and persistent worry or fear. For both children and adolescents, anxiety can impair their ability to learn and impact their home life.
Child Depression - Feeling sad and down is a part of every child’s life. However, when children feel persistent sadness and hopelessness, they may be struggling with depression.
Child Trauma - Experiencing extremely stressful events can cause long-term symptoms that are difficult for both children and adolescents to overcome.
Child ADHD - ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) can make it difficult to focus at school and at home, or even with friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they receive proper help. Here are some frequently asked questions parents often ask:
Q: How Can I Tell if a Child Is Depressed?
A: Depression often goes undiagnosed in young athletes. It is important to look for changes in behavior, mood, sleep patterns, and energy levels as signs of mental health issues.
Q: How Can I Tell if a Child has Anxiety?
A: Signs of anxiety in children can vary, but common symptoms include excessive worry, fearfulness, trembling or shaking, restlessness, and problems with concentration.
Q: What Should I Do If I Suspect A Player Has A Mental Health Issue?
A: If you are concerned about a player, the best thing to do is reach out and talk to him or her. Players look up to and trust their coaches. It's important to consult with the child's parents or guardians if you are concerned for their well-being. It is also helpful to reach out to a mental health professional for guidance on how to best support the student.
Q: How Can Coaches Help Children With Mental Health Issues?
A: Coaches can help children with mental health issues by creating a supportive and positive environment in which athletes feel comfortable discussing their mental health. Coaches should also be familiar with the resources available to them and know when it is appropriate to refer an athlete for professional help.
South Coast Community Services provides mental health therapy for children and adolescents in Orange County and San Bernardino County struggling with their feelings, behaviors, and relationships. Our caring therapists work with you and your children or teenagers to develop an action plan that will make life easier and happier for all of you. Contact our therapists today to receive professional guidance and support.