My child is struggling to manage their emotions. Do they need help?
Child emotional development refers to the growth and management of a child’s emotions, social interactions, and overall emotional well-being. It involves the ability to recognize, understand, and express emotions, as well as establish and maintain healthy relationships. In Australia, statistics indicate that approximately 1 in 7 children aged 4-17 years experience a mental health disorder in a given year (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Emotional development in children plays a crucial role in their overall development and can have long-lasting impacts on their mental health and overall quality of life. It is important for parents, caregivers, and educators to create nurturing and supportive environments, promote emotional literacy and resilience, and seek appropriate professional help when needed. By prioritising the emotional well-being of children, we can help them grow into emotionally healthy individuals who can navigate life’s challenges with resilience and empathy.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, contact crisis support services such as Lifeline (13 11 14), the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or the NSW Mental Health Line (1800 011 511).