Tips for Parents: Behavioral Health Support for Kids

During the COVID-19 pandemic, your child might be showing signs they need the help of a therapist.

And, it’s no wonder. Our children have experienced an incredible shift in their schedules and routines–not to forget the invisible, looming threat of the virus.

Along these lines, Highmark Health asked me to update my guest post, “Tips for Parents: Behavioral Health Support for Kids.” In it, I share

  • the signs your child may need a therapist,
  • how to find the right therapist for your child, and
  • how to take care of yourself, too.

During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to safeguard your family’s mental health, but especially your children’s mental health.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the article:

Signs Your Child May Need Help: 

  • Mood changes, particularly sadness or withdrawal lasting at least two weeks, or severe mood swings
  • Intense feelings of worry or fear without a clear cause
  • Behavior or personality changes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches or stomachaches

Every child is different, but you probably know your son or daughter better than anyone. If you’re worried about your child’s mental health, talking to a therapist can be a helpful step — either to ease your concerns or to get your child the support he or she needs.

If you see any of these signs in your child, you may want to reach out for help.

As I am reviewing and updating this article, parents and children alike are also coping with additional stresses and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many counselors and mental health professionals offer telehealth options, so please don’t hesitate to get the extra support that can help you through these times.

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