May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month
Children’s Mental Health Matters
We wear a green ribbon during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and caring for the needs of children and families who have experienced trauma.
Why green? In the 1800s, green was used to brand people who were labeled “insane.” The mental health community has reclaimed the color green to combat stigma. Green is the color of nature and signifies growth and new beginnings.
Mental Health is a Family Affair
Pay attention if you note the following in a child or adolescent:
Do you know the warning signs that may indicate emotional or mental health concerns in children and adolescents?
Troubled by Feeling
- Excessively sad or tearful
- Angry or irritable
- Worthless or guilty
- Unable to recover from a loss
- Anxious or worried
- Overly concerned about physical apperance
Experiencing Big Changes
- Is doing much worse at school
- Loses interest in things he or she once enjoyed
- Has changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Avoids friends or wants to be alone much of the time
- Feels life is too hard or considers suicide
- Hears voices that can’t be explained
Behaves in Problematic Ways
- Uses alcohol or other drugs
- Constantly violates boundaries
- Eats larges amounts of food and then throws up
- Abuses laxatives to avoid gaining weight
- Diets and exercises obsessively despite being thin
- Is reckless in ways that could cause harm or death
- Involved in multiple fights
Trust Your Gut
The bottom line is YOU know your child better than anyone! If you think there is a problem, trust your instincts. It’s very important to seek help as soon as possible. You can talk with your pediatrician or family doctor. You will be glad you did!
Maine Statewide Crisis Line
If you are concerned about safety or if you or anyone you know are in need of crisis support call: 1-888-568-1112.
Request a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month Mini Toolkit
Each Professional kit contains an assortment of literature (see downloadable files below), 10 magnets and 25 Children’s Mental Health Awareness ribbons.
Parents and Caregivers are also encouraged to request a kit. Each Parent/Caregiver kit will include one set of literature and a Children’s Mental Health Awareness ribbon.
Please note that supplies are limited, orders will be fulfilled on a first come first serve basis while supplies last.