Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

What are the red flags we should be looking for if we think our child is depressed?

Angela Michalak, LCPC
360 Youth Services
1935 Brookdale Road, Suite 119
Naperville, IL 60563
Intake: 630-717-9408 ext. 114
amichalak@360youthservices.org
www.360youthservices.org

Red flags that parents should look for if they think their child is depressed are:

  • Lack of interest in previously-enjoyable activities
  • Persistent sad feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  • Changes in eating habits and or sleeping patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you think that your child is depressed,

  • Talk to them openly
  • Tell them that you are worried about them
  • Communication with your child is key
  • You know you child best. If your gut is telling you that there is something going on, there probably is

If you are interested in an intake assessment for individual or family counseling services, please call 630.717.9408 ext. 114

DISCLAIMER:
Conversations with experts are intended for general information only, and are not meant to provide specific advice, diagnosis, and does not constitute professional care. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.