The first years of life are a critical period for the development of good mental health. It is important to recognise problems as soon as they appear and to intervene early.
Parents can detect changes in the mood and behaviour of their children that can potentially be signs of a mental disorder. As a parent, pay attention to the following changes in your child’s behaviour:
If your child shows some of the above signs and symptoms, do not worry and continue to observe them. Perhaps they are experiencing a problem that will last a few days only and do not necessarily have a mental illness. Stay attentive, listen to them without prejudice and assure them that you are there to help.
If you see that the changes in your child’s mood and behaviour persist or that they are becoming more intense, an assessment by a professional could be necessary.
Resources are available for parents and children who wish to receive help or more information about mental illness in children:
You may also go to the mental health (mental illness) information page to find all available mental health resources.
To receive care or services, or to find a psychotherapist with whom your child feels comfortable, contact one of the following resources:
To find contact information for your family medicine clinic, your CISSS or your CIUSSS, go to Finding a Resource.
Last update: November 1, 2017 11:21 AM
The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.