Helping children with their mental health

How to talk to children about their mental health concerns and help them cope

It’s never too early to help your child care for their emotional well-being. Helping a child or teen with their mental health care rests on three pillars: take care, talk often, and act early. And there’s always hope.

Take care

Whether it’s through mindfulness, meditation, or exercise, daily self-care is a big part of mental health. Start by being a good role model.

Talk often

Show your child that when they experience negative emotions or distress, you’ll be there to listen and to help. Be open, honest, and patient.

Act early

Knowing the signs of mental health conditions will help both you and your child manage what comes next — and stay healthy.