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Checking On Your Child’s Mental Wellness
During virtual learning many students are experiencing increased loneliness, sadness, anxiety, and stress. Large emotions are a natural part of life, but it is also important to recognize signs of when to seek help for your child.
Signs Your Child May Need Additional Support
- Changes in baseline behavior (sleep, eating, appearance, withdrawing from social experiences)
- Physical signs (headaches, upset stomach, chest pain, nightmares, bedwetting)
- Changes in school engagement (school refusal, drop in academic performance, lack of interest in school, lack of interest in extracurricular activities)
- Increases in frustration, communicating they are overwhelmed.
- Feelings of hopelessness (communicating hopelessness for the future)
- Emotional signs (anxious, mood swings, restlessness, clinginess, new or recurring fears, increase in crying/anger/stubbornness/aggression, decreased concentration, regressing toward comfort behaviors from earlier in childhood)
- Regularly talks, writes, or researches about death
- Gives important belongings away
What You Can Do
- Manage your own stress (stressful emotions are contagious)
- Take their concern serious
- Talk to them. Acknowledge their feelings
- Develop healthy coping methods (Ask your child about their Feel Good Plan, make one together)
- Spend Quality time together
- Don’t be afraid to ask the question: “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?” Research has shown, asking the question will not put the idea into their mind.
- Get them help. If your child refuses help, let them know you are worried about them and will need to get help for them.
Where To Go For Help
- If your child is suffering, it is important to communicate with your schools’ counselor.
- If your child is suffering from multiple risk factors, reach out to some of the resources in our community.
- We're partnering with Kent Youth and Family Services to provide free virtual parent connection meetings in December and January for families to learn more about different topics, discover fun activities to do at home, and share ideas with other families.