May is Child Mental Health month which is almost the same as Mental Health month only it is specifically meant to highlight the importance of protecting the mental health of a younger generation. It is important from a young age to help children manage and live effectively with mental illness so that they can grow up with the tools and coping mechanisms that will help them to be adults that can function in society.
Mental illnesses in children can form in multiple different ways such as: anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, mood disorders, eating disorders, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. Those are only a few of the plethora of illnesses that can affect a child. According to the surgeon general, one in five children will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder before they become an adult.
There are ways that you can help to fight mental illness and protect the mental health of your children. Some ways include helping your children to express anger in a constructive manner which involves leading by example, talk to your children about bullying and know the signs, realize the impact of media on children and work to protect them from the negative impact, prevent violence and abuse, and identify stress and help them to cope with it. These all apply if you are not a parent but are able to impact a child’s life in any positive way. We can all help to protect the well-being of the next generation.