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Parenting and children's mental health

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About 1 in 7 children experience mental health issues.

Research shows that healthy family relationships can reduce the chances of a child or teenager experiencing mental health issues.

A parent or carer’s support can have an immediate and positive effect on their children’s mental health.

Some simple things that a parent or carer can do to encourage good mental health and wellbeing in their children include showing love and affection and being engaged and interested in your kid’s social and school life.

Find out more about children’s and teenagers’ mental health below and how to spot the signs if your child might be coping with a mental health issue.

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Last reviewed: February 2020


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