In this Expert Insight Interview, Roseann Capanna-Hodge returns to discuss the responsibility we have to identify the mental health struggles of the people around us. Roseann Capanna-Hodge has just released a new book entitled It’s Gonna Be OK: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Children’s mental health coming into sharp focus during the pandemic
- Signs of mental health struggles in children and adults
- Our responsibility to detect changes in behavior that could tip us off to someone going through a rough patch
Children’s Mental Health
Children’s mental health was probably not top-of-mind for a lot of people, even pre-pandemic. Obviously, people who have apparent issues, whatever they may be, have thought about their children’s mental health, but it isn’t generally what people typically talk about.
However, it has come into sharp focus, particularly through the pandemic. If we’re honest, it probably should have been a hot topic before the pandemic, but there has perhaps never been a better time to learn about some of the signs that a child may be struggling.
Signs of Mental Health Struggles
When it comes to signs of mental health difficulties, there are many crossovers between children and adults. Mental health struggles, particularly stress, will typically manifest themselves physically first. We’ve all experienced sleep issues, gastrointestinal difficulties, headaches, pain, heartburn, etc.
When these signs show up and are not clearly related to a radical change, such as a diet or an unhealthy sleep routine, they are most often signs of stress.
Another big sign of mental health struggles is a major change. Whether you’re a parent, a partner or an employer, you should be able to see these changes. If your most valuable employee suddenly starts snapping at everybody on the team all of a sudden, there’s a pretty high chance that something’s going on.
It’s not just about the very obvious behavioral changes, either. Perhaps someone close to you has started looking disheveled or started showing up late to every appointment. These are all signs of someone struggling. We often expect people to tell us when they’re having a hard time, but the truth is that in most cases, this will not happen, and we have a responsibility to figure it out ourselves.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.