Here are some facts, tips and free resources to help you be at your best…for you and your kids.
If your emotional health has been challenged, or you believe you may have a mental health problem, it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be scary to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to helping you heal, grow, and recover. Having a good support system and engaging with trustworthy people are key elements to successfully talking about your own mental health.
Find someone—such as a parent, family member, teacher, faith leader, health care provider or other trusted individual, who:
To be able to care for the people you love, you must first take care of yourself. It’s like the advice we’re given on airplanes: put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else with theirs. Parents and caregivers who pay attention to their own physical and emotional health are better able to handle the challenges of supporting someone else’s emotional health. The ups and downs of life can have a huge impact on you. Focusing on self-care will make you more resilient, and help you weather hard times and enjoy good ones. Here are some suggestions to start engaging today:
Because children often can't understand difficult situations on their own, you should pay particular attention and lend extra support when a child is experiencing:
It is also important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help and ensuring they get the right support.
Consult with your child’s doctor, a school counselor, school nurse, emotional wellness provider, or another health care professional if your child shows one or more of the following behaviors:
All San Joaquin County children will thrive in supportive, nurturing and loving environments, enter school healthy and ready to learn & become productive, well-adjusted members of society.