COOK COUNTY CONNECTIONS Children and Mental Health – Lake Superior News – Low Calorie Diets Tips

By: Grace Bushard, Director of Children and Family Services for Public Health and Human Services in Cook County

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA, May 14, 2022 (LSNews) Parents, caregivers, and those who work with children have all experienced the wonder, joy, and sometimes challenges of connecting with children. We all enter the world with a need to connect with all that we have been given, to learn and to understand the world around us. A good definition of children’s mental health is:

– Achievement of emotional and developmental milestones.

– Learning healthy social skills.

– Developing ways to cope when problems arise.

Almost all children grow up physically and mentally well and healthy into adulthood. However, sometimes children face obstacles or risk factors that contribute to emotional distress. Risk factors increase the likelihood that some children and adolescents will develop mental health problems. These risk factors can include:

– have a long-term physical illness.

– A parent who has had mental health problems, drinking problems, or has been in trouble with the law.

– The death of someone close to you.

– Parents who are separating or getting divorced.

– Experiencing severe bullying or physical or sexual abuse.

– Poverty or homelessness.

– Experiences with racism and discrimination.

– Caring for a loved one, taking responsibility for adults.

Having any of these risk factors listed does not mean your child will develop mental health symptoms or a mental disorder. There are many factors that help children cope and grow well, and the most important factor is having a loving, steady adult in their life who provides support and structure. When risk factors exist, staying in touch with your child and noticing your child’s moods, behaviors, and emotions is very important, and can help get help and support early if concerns arise.

COVID and Mental Health

The impact of COVID on adult and child mental health has been significant. Children and adolescents were cut off from typical activities and learning experiences for more than two years. The disruption to routine, education, recreation, and concerns about family income and health can trigger fear, anger, and concerns about their future in many young people. As adults, it is important to show compassion and understanding for our children and young people.

How we as adults can help

One of the best things you can do to keep your child sane is to take care of your own mental health. Not only will you model the habits that improve mental health, but you will create a healthier environment for your child.

Remember that children turn to parents, caregivers, and important adults for advice on how to deal with stressful and anxiety-provoking situations. Make sure you not only address mental health issues, but also take time to relax
Reduce stress.

When should parents or caregivers be worried about their child?

Many children occasionally experience anxiety and worry or engage in disruptive behavior. Mental disorders in children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn to behave or deal with their emotions that cause stress and trouble getting through the day. If symptoms become severe and persistent and interfere with activities at school, home, or play, the child may be diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Who should you contact if you have concerns about your child’s mental health?

A good starting point is your school counselor or your child’s teacher, your health care provider, or behavioral health professional such as a therapist or social worker. All of these people are here to understand what is going on with your child and to discuss ways you can support and address your child’s needs.

Parents and caregivers of children with mental illness also need support, and it is helpful to discuss your concerns with trusted friends and family. Another great resource for parents is the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI offers individual support, groups and information. You can access NAMI resources at

And of course talk to your child. Stay connected and show your support even when things get tough. Stay connected to the people who matter in your child’s life and in your life.

Childhood mental disorders can be treated and treated, and there is support for you and your child. You’re not alone.

Learn more about Cook County Child Mental Health Services and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) at the PHHS Board Meeting May 17, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. in the Cook Commissioners Room. PHHS board meetings can be livestreamed and viewed on the Cook County website at You can also find us on [email protected] to learn more about Cook County public health and human resources resources.

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By: Grace Bushard, Director of Children and Family Services for Public Health and Human Services in Cook County

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About Cook County, Minnesota

Located at the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, Cook County stretches from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land, it borders Ontario, Canada to the north and Lake County, MN to the west. The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain, is 2,301 feet and the highest lake, total area, is 3,339.72 square miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area

Cook County includes:
Grand Marais Lutsen Mountains
Gunflint Trail Superior hiking trail
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