children and their mental health
Mental health in children is development of social emotional competence and self-regulation in the context of home, school, and community.
Mental health issues in childhood is more common than was previously thought. Having mental health issues does not mean that the child has a diagnosable mental illness; rather, that the child needs support in order to have a healthy social emotional development.
In early childhood, mental health issues manifest themselves in the form of challenging behaviors. Children with challenging behaviors usually exhibit two types of behaviors:
Both types of behaviors are serious and often signal a strong likelihood for serious mental health issues later in life, if not addressed early on. A challenging behavior usually signals that the child needs social-emotional support in order to be able to function successfully in school, in the community, and at home.
schools and children with mental health issues
Young children with mental health issues, particularly those who exhibit externalizing challenging behaviors, have been the target of suspension and expulsion from schools, as early as in preschool.
Causes of mental health issues in children
Mental health issues and challenging behaviors may have different and multiple causes. Often different factors work together in combination with one another.
Crises or Adverse Events
Trauma or Traumatic Events
Child Maltreatment (Abuse/Neglect)