How Can Children Be Affected By Mental Health Illnesses?

As parents and caregivers, we all want to protect our children. When we climb into a car, we put on a safety belt, when we take them swimming-we make sure a responsible person is watching them, we plan and make meals that will help them grow and keep them healthy.

But do we do the same by watching our children from possible mental health problems?

Often parents who suffer a mental health problem themselves are concerned if their children are at risk for the same or similar disorders. Many questions are asked by parents who have identified problems in their children; is it too early to get my child screened for bipolar? Should I put my child on ADHD medication? Can children develop depression?

How can we protect our children? The most important step is to find out as much information about Mental Health as possible. To help, SADAG will be hosting a FREE Facebook Friday online chat dedicated to helping parents and loved ones identify signs and symptoms of Children’s Mental Health Illnesses, what to do, and where to go for help. There are two live chats planned for Friday, 10th April at 1pm with Psychiatrist, Dr Helen Clarke and Psychologist Marita Rademeyer and one in the evening at 7pm with Psychiatrist, Dr Brendan Belsham and Clinical Psychologist Candice Cowen.

To log in, go to our website www.sadag.org or go to our Facebook page ‘The South African Depression and Anxiety Group’

If you feel that you need immediate assistance and would like to speak to a counsellor today, you can call SADAG on 0800 21 22 23, we are open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.

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