About Mental Health

Mental health concerns as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder can have a significant impact on one’s life. One out of five children/youth struggle with mental health issues that are severe enough to seriously affect their daily functioning at home, school or within the community. It can happen to any young person, regardless of age or circumstance. The causes are varied and complex. There is no one to blame and there should be no shame in it. Mental health problems are recognizable and can be treated. Early intervention is critical to providing a hopeful and healthy future for kids dealing with mental health issues. The most common mental health disorders are anxiety, depression, attention deficit and behaviour.

Recognizing the signs is key. It can be difficult for a parent to distinguish between ‘normal’ problems that all children and youth experience from time to time, and behavior that may be indicative of a mental health disorder.

The following characteristics and behaviours may be signs of an underlying mental health disorder

  • Getting significantly lower marks in school
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Losing frequent outburst of anger and rage
  • Losing his or her appetite
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Rebelling against authority
  • Drinking a lot or using drugs
  • Not doing the things he or she used to enjoy
  • Worrying constantly
  • Experiencing frequent mood swings
  • Not concerned with his or her appearance
  • Obsessed with his or her weight
  • Lacking energy or motivation
  • Hitting or bullying other children
  • Attempting to injure him or her self

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services
69 Flatt Road
Burlington, ON L7P 0T3

Halton: (905) 689-4727
Hamilton: (905) 689-4727
Brant: (519) 752-5308
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