Children are just as susceptible to mental health crises as adults, but it can be more difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms. This is because children may express their distress in different ways, and they may not be able to articulate their feelings as clearly as adults.
Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is in a mental health crisis:
- Sudden changes in mood or behavior
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Expressing thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Experiencing physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or fatigue
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in a child, it is important to seek professional help immediately. Early intervention is essential for preventing long-term problems.
Here are some things you can do to help a child in a mental health crisis:
- Stay calm and reassure the child that you are there for them.
- Listen to the child without judgment and try to understand what they are going through.
- Avoid arguing or debating with the child.
- Help the child to develop coping mechanisms for dealing with their distress.
- Contact a mental health professional for further assistance.
If the child is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, call 911 or take the child to the nearest emergency room.
The JW Behavioral Center provides mental health services to children and adolescents in our community. We offer a variety of services, including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Crisis intervention
- Medication management
We also offer educational programs and resources to help parents and caregivers learn more about mental health and how to support their children.
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child, please contact the JW Behavioral Center today. We are here to help.
Why is it important to recognize children in mental health crises?
Early intervention is essential for preventing long-term problems. Children who receive treatment for mental health disorders are more likely to succeed in school, have healthy relationships, and live productive lives.
Mental health disorders can also lead to physical health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Early intervention can help to prevent these physical health problems from developing.
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child, please do not hesitate to seek help. There are many resources available to help children and their families. Call us today at (340)774-2932.