Kids and Mental Health

posted Jan 18, 2015, 6:25 AM by susan.maloney@ocsb.ca   [ updated Jan 18, 2015, 6:25 AM ]
One in five children in Ontario has a mental health problem. Changes to your child’s mental health may not be obvious. 

Warning signs to look for: 

Mood swings and changes in eating habits.
Headaches and sore stomach.
Low energy and not sleeping well.
Missing school and/or having trouble at school.
Spending less time with friends and family.
Wanting to be left alone.
Feelings of anger and rage. 

Remember: 

Listen to your child and trust your judgment.
You are the best person to notice changes.
Talk to your child’s teacher, he or she may have seen some changes too.
It’s okay to ask for help and talk to your family doctor.

For more information on kids and mental health please visit www.kidsmentalhealth.ca , www.cheo.on.ca/en/cheomentalhealth, or Ottawa Public Health at 613 580-6744, www.ottawa.ca/health.
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