Most mental illnesses begin to show early symptoms between the ages of 15 and 17, yet the majority of people only seek care as adults. Check out the importance of mental health for your child as they regularly go to school.
Before entering into why mental health matters for children, parents and teachers need to have clarity on what mental health is. Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), USA defines child mental health as reaching developmental and emotional milestones and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Though this is a widely accepted definition of healthy mental development, the Government of India also clarifies that apart from attaining milestones, mental health is not merely the absence of disease, but is the state of overall physical and social well-being. (Also read: Here’s how schools can contribute to good mental health of kids )
Most often, mental illness begins to show early symptoms between the ages of 15 and 17, yet the majority of people only seek care as adults. We can stop the progression of mental diseases through early intervention if schools, teachers and parents take an active role in mental health.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Meghna Yadav, Child Psychologist and Head of Training, KLAY, shared insights on the importance of the mental health of your child as they go regularly to school.