Mental health is just as important to take care of and maintain as physical health is.
One in every 5 children and youth in Ontario have a mental health challenge. These issues can include anxiety, depression or self-harming behaviours. Some signs to look for are:
If your child or teen is struggling with mental health concerns, there's local resources and services available. Talk to:
Caring for someone with mental illness can be overwhelming and stressful. It's important to take care of your own mental health and well-being with family education and support resources.
Learn about the different types of mental health concerns, like anxiety, depression and self-harm at teenmentalhealth.org.
Regardless of age, you can have better mental health if you:
Certain life circumstances can also help protect your mental health, including: