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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 5, 2008)-As Americans observe 2008 May is Mental Health
Month and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, Mental Health
America asks families to recognize and promote their children's mental
health and overall development through increased communication, guidance and
emotional support. The theme for this year's Mental Health Month is "Get
Connected" to emphasize the important role of social relationships in
protecting and improving mental health and building resiliency. Research
shows that children who feel warmth and caring from their parents are more
likely to be successful in school, less anxious and depressed, and have
higher self-esteem than those without.



"Having supportive relationships in our lives is essential for success,
happiness and, perhaps most importantly, how we deal with adversity," said
David Shern, Ph.D., president & CEO of Mental Health . "This is especially
true for children. By supporting their mental and emotional needs, parents
and other family members can help children think clearly, develop socially,
learn new skills, build self-esteem and develop a positive mental outlook."



Here are some easy ways for families to "Get Connected" and build their
children's mental health:



* Give unconditional love - Children need to know that your love
does not depend on their accomplishments.



* Nurture confidence and self-esteem - Praise and encourage your
children. Set realistic goals. Be honest about your mistakes and avoid
sarcasm.



* Encourage play - Play time is as important to a child's
development as food. Play helps children be creative, develop
problem-solving skills and self-control, and learn how to get along with
others.



* Enroll children in after-school activities - This is a great way
for kids to stay productive, learn something new, gain self-esteem and have
something to look forward to during the week. If they are home alone, check
in on them after school. Children need to know that even if you're not there
physically, you're thinking about them, and interested in how they spend
their day.



* Provide a safe and secure environment - Fear can be very real for
a child. Try to find out what is frightening him or her. Be loving, patient
and reassuring, not critical.



* Give appropriate guidance and discipline - Be firm, but kind and
realistic with your expectations. The goal is not to control the child, but
to help him or her learn self-control.



* Communicate - Make time each day to listen to your children and
talk with them about what is happening in their lives. Share emotions and
feelings with your children.



* Get help - If you're concerned about your child's mental or
emotional health, consult with teachers, a guidance counselor or another
adult who may have information about his or her behavior. If you think there
is a problem, seek professional help right away. For more information,
contact your local Mental Health affiliate, call Mental Health at
1-800-969-6642 or visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net
<http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net./> .



Mental Health founded May is Mental Health Month 50 years ago to raise
awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental health
for all. This year's theme, "Get Connected" is focused on the important role
social connectedness plays in maintaining and protecting mental health and
wellness.



Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to
helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320
affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who
promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation-everyday
and in times of crisis.

 

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