How parents and other adults can help struggling youth discussed in latest Heads Up Dartmouth Health webinar

Heads Up participants Lisa Hayward, Audra Burns, James Craig, and Diane Fitzpatrick

Dartmouth Health has published the latest webinar in its series, Heads Up: A Year-Long Mental Health Awareness Journey. This month, expert panelists discuss the topic “Parents and other adults: How do we support children who are struggling?” The video can be viewed at the Dartmouth Health YouTube page.

This segment features James Craig, PhD, MA, Child Psychologist, Dartmouth Health Psychiatry, Lisa Hayward, PhD, Prevention Coordinator, Office of Social Emotional Wellness at the New Hampshire Department of Education, and Diane Fitzpatrick, MS, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Together, they discuss the common issues affecting the mental health of young people, how adults can identify problems early and the best ways parents, caregivers, teachers, guidance counselors and other adults can be a part of the solution.

“For younger kids, in particular, we often look at: what are their physical symptoms or signs that they’re under distress. So, we’re particularly looking for kids that might be having a sudden change in their appetite, a sudden change in their sleep habits, kids who might be visiting the nurse more often or complaining of headaches or stomach aches to adults,” said Craig. “And those can be a really good sign that something is wrong, maybe, when a kid doesn’t have the words to tell you that something is wrong.”

The panelists also discussed the role of educators and community organizations in providing young people with social and emotional supports, essential life skills and a sense of belonging and connection.

In partnership with the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Seacoast Media Group, The Heads Up series is a mental health awareness campaign that provides online resources, offers fresh perspectives and highlights community events on mental health-related topics.

To learn more about the Heads Up Series, resources on mental health or to view past newspaper feature articles and webinars, visit our Mental Health web page.

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