“There remains a reluctance to acknowledge that very young children can and do experience mental health issues that may manifest as serious social, emotional or behavioural problems (for example, aggression, anxiety and depression), and a mistaken belief that issues experienced by young children will be outgrown; despite all of the research showing that early childhood experience impacts on lifelong mental health and wellbeing and that intervention at the earlist possible stage will have the most beneficial impact.”

 

Colin Pettit

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Source:¬†Our Children Can’t Wait

There is a high prevalence of anxiety disorders in children and youth, and anxiety in childhood is the most common risk factor for depression in adolescence and early adulthood. The good news is, we can increase emotional resilience as a family and help children develop positive coping skills before more serious difficulties may occur.

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