Mental Health


As children grow, they learn how to regulate their feelings and emotions and how to interact with other people. The emotional rush we see in young children such as crying when separated from family or hitting when they become frustrated will begin to lessen as the children age.

School age children will begin to have a better understanding of what emotions are and will be able to discuss how they are feeling.  Developing friendships is a vital part of emotional growth and during this time meaningful relationships with their peers become increasingly important. Feelings of sympathy and empathy towards others will also begin to develop.

As a parent you can help build their skills by being a role model, talking about feelings and providing security by being consistent and predictable.

Mental health awareness is important for everyone, however children born premature or sick can face risks of anxiety and depression. Learning challenges could also play a vital role in mental health concerns. 

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