Like adults, children and teenagers can develop mental heath disorders. In fact, about 13 percent of kids aged 8-15 have a serious mental disorder and more than 50 percent of kids in that age group have had mental health help. The good news is that much can be done if an issue is detected early.
The NFDA Work/Life Resource Program (EAP), a benefit of your membership, has helpful information to help you better understand mental health disorders in children:
Article: What Parents Should Know: Mental Health Disorders
Article: Parenting a Teen With a Mental Health Issue or Substance Use Disorder
Article: If Your Child Is Having Mental Health Issues at College
The NFDA Work/Life Resource Program is also offering a free, on-demand webinar Is This Normal Teen Behavior, or Is My Teen Depressed? during the entire month of May. Adolescence can be difficult, and it is normal for teens to feel sad, irritable, or discouraged at times. However, if these feelings don’t go away or disrupt your teen’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis, your teen may have depression. Learn more about this webinar and how to access it.
If you have questions or need support, the NFDA Work/Life Resource Program offers free, confidential assistance by phone and online. For more information about the wide range of tools and resources available to you, visit www.nfda.org/worklife (log in required).