“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 or result in concerning behaviours, it is important to seek help. Addressing mental health 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 support, children can learn to manage complex feelings and deal with any issues they face. 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 a huge 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 attached to mental illness is slowly decreasing. 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 pages on supporting family and connecting with children.
A closer look
1 in 7 children experience a mental illness
Professional help is under-sought
The situation at home has a strong connection with a child’s mental wellbeing
Counselling is currently the most needed service
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.