Mental wellness is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. Mental health plays an active role in both developmental and emotional milestones, including the development of healthy social skills and coping mechanisms.
The mind and body connection are increasingly important to a person’s well-being. Poor mental health can negatively impact physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions. Similarly, poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Any person regardless of gender, age, health status and income, can be affected by mental health conditions.
In this section you will find information about behavioral signs and symptoms, where to go to get help for you and your family, and how to support yourself and your children through mental health management and self-care.
Mental illnesses can be treated.
- If you are a child or teen, talk to your parents, school counselor or health care provider.
- If you are a parent and need help starting a conversation with your child or teen about mental health, visit www.mentalhealth.gov. If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your pediatrician or family doctor or visit National Institute of Mental Health’s Help for Mental Illnesses webpage.
Ways to Get Immediate Help in a Crisis
- Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line Text “HELLO” to 741741
Remember, these tips, tools and other resources are not a substitute for a diagnostic evaluation by a medical or mental health professional. If you believe that you or your child has a psychiatric or learning disorder, please consult a professional.