“My daughter's mental illness has had a big impact on us all. We have had a lot of counselling, and are working out how to rebuild our family.”
It is natural for children to experience a range of emotions as they grow up. However, when the ups and downs become persistent, acute, or result in concerning behaviours, it is important to seek help.
Detecting and addressing conditions early on reduces the impact that they can have on children during key developmental phases in their life.
A child's family environment is one of the most influential factors in their mental health. With the right help and support, children can learn to manage complicated feelings and deal with the issues they are facing. Families can teach children these skills early in their development.
Childhood experiences play a big part in developing positive mental health. Abuse, neglect, loss of a loved one, and problems within the family can have an enormous impact on a child’s mental health and wellbeing. Family history of a mental health condition can also be a contributing factor.
As community understanding of mental health increases, the stigma associated with mental illness is slowly decreasing. Help, support, and services for children's mental health are also becoming more accessible.
If you are supporting a child with a mental health condition, we have a page on support for carers. We also have information on supporting family and connecting with children.