What are the warning signs of Mental Illness in Children?
Children’s Mental Illness Awareness Week always brings the warning signs of mental illness to the forefront of conversation. People often make the mistake of confusing behavioural problems with mental illnesses, which means that so many children are left undiagnosed.
Did you know that 1 in 10 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – which is the equivalent of three children in every school classroom. In order to be able to treat these illnesses, it’s important to recognise the warning signs. This infographic helps to explain some of the key warning signs that can appear with mental illness in children, to help our foster parents recognise these a little easier and deal with them.
If you foster a child, then it can sometimes be easy to mistake their symptoms of mental illness for simple misbehaviour. If you have not raised the child, then it is difficult to compare their mood swings, behaviour and actions to their usual self. The best thing that you can do for the child in this situation is to firstly ask them about their feelings and behaviour, make them feel safe and protected and never ignore the warning signs. If you feel like you need help with this, then of course, we at Lorimer Fostering can help. Give our friendly team a call today.