After a violent incident we regularly engage in a discussion about mental health. Mental health is often discussed on the media afterward, as if a mental health condition has caused the violence. On the contrary, persons who are suffering from a mental health condition are frequently more introverted and are more likely to negative self-coping skills (i.e. drug use, self-harm, avoid interactions, etc.) than they are to be violent.
Parents and Teachers frequently ask me what they can do to help their child or students. We know that like adults, children can have bad days. Some more frequently than others. As we communicate with our children, we can try to make the hard days a little easier when we keep just 5 easy topics in mind.
Megan Bowling, M.A., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been in the mental health field for more than ten years and is passionate about sharing mental health wellness strategies.