Guarding our children’s mental Health

Did you know that mental health diagnoses among U.S. children increased 30% between 2011 and 2017 alone?

That is a scary statistic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20% of children in the U.S. have a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.

Signs and symptoms of mental health issues in children

Our kids are suffering. Often silently, or acting out in ways that we don’t traditionally associated with mental health issues–as symptoms can present differently for children.

Feelings of sadness that lasts more than two weeks

– Mood swings that cause problems at home or in school

– Feelings of overwhelming fear for no real reason

– Drastic changes in behavior or expressions of violence

– Difficulty sitting still or trouble focusing on a task

– Poor academic performance

– Frequent headaches or stomach aches

Why the decline in children’s mental health?

Gray argues that the rise in mental health issues directly correlates with the decline in free and unstructured play, as well as with the rise of the amount of time kids spend in school and on academic work.

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