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Children's Mental Health

Children's Mental Health

 

Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Often times when mental health is discussed, an adult’s mental health is what first comes to mind. While adults’ mental health is important, focusing on a child’s mental health is just as crucial. A child’s social and emotional learning, along with the positivity of their environment, will have a lifelong impact.

Below are links to many great sources of information on children's mental health as well as a look at the work the state is doing.

State Initiatives

Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives - We want the next generation to thrive.

Ohio Bold Beginning! - Ohio's early childhood programs and services for children.

Ohio Family & Children First - Enhancing the well-being of Ohio’s children and families in our communities.

Children's Mental Health Resources

Ohio Department of Health - Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Mental Health America - Youth Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health - Children and Mental Health

Mental Health Focused Activities

Beginning at their earliest stages of life, experiences and surroundings shape a child’s brain development. It’s critical for an early focus to be put on a child’s mental health in a positive living environment.

Check out this list of activities that focus on you child's mental health:

  • Read a book or magazine
  • Climb a tree
  • Journal or write a letter
  • Make a collage or scrapbook
  • Go for a hike, walk, or run
  • Drink water
  • Play a board game
  • Do something kind for someone
  • Forgive, let go, move on
  • Try yoga
  • Play with your pet
  • Take a nap
  • Make a healthy snack
  • Do a craft
  • Create a glitter jar - Find a jar or bottle and decorate it how you'd like. Fill it 3/4 of the way with water. Add glitter, clear glue, food coloring, and shake. Be sure to seal the lid, and you are ready for some fun!