Tips for Parents Seeking Help for Children and Young People
Parents often say that the main hope they have for their children is that they will be happy. If we think about this a little we know that our children won't be happy every moment of every day. We know that they will sometimes experience challenges and frustrations that they will need to navigate. It's probably a general, overall sense of happiness that parents hope their children will feel.
It's no wonder then, that being confronted by their child being unhappy, and possibly experiencing a mental health difficulty, will be a real concern for parents. It can be easy then when confronted by this possibility to be a bit dismissive, to hope the concern will pass or to see it as a temporary situation only.
Unfortunately, however, up to 1/4 of all children and young people might be experiencing some kind of mental health difficulty. Perhaps most concerning is that less than a quarter of those children and young people are receiving professional help for those difficulties. We also know that the earlier children get help for any problems the better the outcomes for them now and into the future.
A recent study conducted by Monash University revealed that there are two main predictors of parents (mothers in their study) accessing professional help for their child's behavior concerns:
1. They had previously sought professional help for personal stress
2. They recognised that their child's behavior was problematic.
So what does this mean if you are a parent who is concerned about your child's behavior but are not feeling sure about what to do next? What if someone has raised a concern with you but you are not sure that it is a problem? What if you have had a negative previous experience when you sought help from a mental health professional?
Here's a few tips that might help:
For further information about seeking help
KidsMatter website: https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/getting-professional-help
Raising Children Network website:
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