COMMUNITY VOICES: Let’s address children’s mental health

When our children are sick, we take them to the doctor; when they have a toothache, we take them to the dentist. Often, we forget to address their mental health.

There are symptoms that we overlook and blame it on the child’s temper or behavior. Some common signs are hyperactivity, social isolation and poor academic performance. For this reason, it’s critical for parents to be aware of their child’s behavior, a sudden change in their mood or temperament.

Hearing the words “mental health illness” can be frightening for parents because we do not want our children to be labeled.

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