Did you know babies are born with mental health? When we talk about mental health in babies and children we are not talking about illness, we are talking about mental well-being and development. Another way to talk about mental health is to talk about your child’s social, emotional and cognitive development - it's the same thing.1
Nurture Healthy Minds Learn how to help your child thrive emotionally, socially and mentally to nurture a healthy mind.
Help is Available Are you concerned or have questions about your child’s development or behaviour? Find a list of community resources available to help.
Stress Kids feel stress, too. Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life including children.
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Why is it important to talk about children’s mental health?
The first three years is when parents and caregivers can have the biggest impact on helping their child to have good mental health in the future. This is because from birth to age three, your child’s brain is developing faster than it will at any other stage in their lifetime. Healthy brain development will help them to have healthy physical and mental development.2
It is possible to prevent mental health difficulties by getting support in the early years when there are signs of stress, behaviour concerns or trauma.
Signs of healthy social, emotion and mental health development are your child’s ability to:
Make and develop friendships
Manage, understand and express emotions
Explore and interact with the environment
Show empathy (caring) towards others
Do well in school
Date of creation: December 9, 2014 Last modified on: January 9, 2018