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Children’s Mental Health Toolkit

Our children’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. Did you know that 50% of all lifetime mental health conditions begin before the age 14? While many can be treated, nearly half of adolescents with mental health issues do not receive mental health care services. It is important to our children’s overall health and well-being that they get the mental health support they need.

Integral Care and NAMI Central Texas created a toolkit for the community to support children’s mental health year-round. We hope these tools help you have conversation with your children around mental health and build strong, healthy minds. Let’s give our children’s mental health the attention it deserves every day. Recovery from a mental health issue is possible.

Understanding Children’s Mental Health

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Signs Your Child May Need Help

It can be hard for parents to identify mental illness in children, because their symptoms may look different than in adults.

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How to “Start the conversation” with your kids

Bringing mental health up in conversation may feel very tricky, especially with children.

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Children’s Therapy 101

Therapy can help your children with stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, severe mental illness and more.

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Finding a Therapist for BIPOC Communities

Minorities and marginalized youth are at a higher risk for mental health difficulties.

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Family Support Tips & Resources

To successfully support a loved one and stay healthy, family members benefit from their own dedicated support and education plan.

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What Families Can Do

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, do not ignore it. Download this NAMI PDF to learn more.


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Family Friendly Activities to Care for Your Mental Health

Find tips and ideas for caring for your mental health – and the mental health of the whole family!

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30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Building a daily practice of gratitude can reduce stress, increase optimism, and lead to better mental and physical health.

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10 Questions on a Tuesday

Use these questions to develop practical strategies with your child around supporting their mental health.

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Week Of Wellness

Use this wellness calendar daily to incorporate different activities into your everyday.


For free 24/7 emotional support, call Integral Care at 512-472-4357.
Visit NAMI Central Texas to check out support groups for adults, family members, and more.