Today I am going to talk about Mental Health. I found out that May is Mental Health Month. Congress designated May as Mental Health Month in 1949 to illustrate the importance of mental health issues to the overall health and well-being of American citizens.
Mental Health is just as important as being healthy physically. Millions of people around the world suffer from all sorts of mental health problems like social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and personality disorders.
When I was doing some research on the topic and figuring out what exactly I wanted my topic to be, I came across the American Psychological Association’s website, Your Mind Your Body. I found an article called Global Crisis and Children’s Mental Health. The article talked about how to talk and explain to your children about all the natural disasters that have been occurring. My daughter is only 2 so she hasn’t seen all the media focused on the tsunami, tornadoes or flooding. At the moment, I am not worried as none of that has affected her. But as she gets older natural disasters will continue to occur and this article has helped me to understand how to address it when she does get old enough to understand.
From what I gather from reading the article is says to keep it simple. Stick to the details and keep it at a level that your children can understand.
“In general, adults should listen more and talk less. Answer the questions children and adolescents ask and be available to provide warmth and emotional support.”
Now that should apply to every conversation not just talking about natural disasters. I need to put that on a plaque and hang it in every room so that I remember. I want my daughter to be able to talk to me about everything and that quote is the key.
There are lots of other great articles on this site. Here are some more that you may be interested in:
Why a Mother would kill herself, her children
OCD in Children…when it is not just a phase
A Kid’s Guide to Surviving Sleepovers
Parent or Friend? The Unhealthy Blurring of Roles
For more information about Mental Health Month, check out the Your Mind Your Body website. To learn how to be apart of the Mental Health Month Blog Party or other blog events, check out.