Positive mental health during the teen years

Beyondblue estimates that around one is seven Australian children will experience mental health issues.

Adding to this, the World Health Organization reports that about half of all serious mental health issues in adulthood begin before the age of 14.

It is normal to feel anxious or down sometimes, but it is important to know what to look for if there are changes in your child’s emotions or behaviour.

At St.LukesHealth, we want to make sure your children are well supported as they enter adolescence and provide parents will helpful tips on what to look for if their child needs extra support.

What things should I look out for?
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, it is best to talk to your child and seek advice from their GP.

Beyondblue list of number of things to look out for including:

  • Unexplained temper or aggressive reactions
  • Unusual fears
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness that does not go away
  • Avoiding friends or family
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Difficulties with concentration, attention and organisation.

As a parent, you can also refer to the Child Mental Health Checklist to answer how your child has been thinking, feeling and behaving.

St.LukesHealth is here to help
As a member of St.LukesHealth, we are pleased to offer you a range of support options on the mental health journey. This includes:

  • Benefits for clinical psychology and counselling services, including telehealth consultations.
  • In-hospital psychiatric care, including the option for patients with limited cover for psychiatric care being able to upgrade their cover to access higher benefits with in-hospital treatment without having to serve a waiting period. Policyholders can use this exemption once in a lifetime.
Should you need more information on how St.LukesHealth can assist you during this part of your parenting journey, please call 1300 651 988 or email general@stlukes.com.au
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