Prioritizing children’s mental well-being is crucial for families and guardians, spanning from infancy to adolescence. Understanding and addressing mental health at different developmental stages are vital for early intervention and sustained support. Infant mental health, influencing social and emotional development from birth to three, sets the stage for a positive quality of life. Early signs in children aged 4-8, 15-18, and 0-3 demand attention, emphasizing the role of families and guardians. Recognizing behavioral changes, timely diagnosis, and providing support impact mental health prevention and management. A holistic approach, from calming exercises to family involvement, fosters awareness and a stigma-free environment.

Age-Specific Mental Health Supports Resources

Ages 0-3

Infant mental health crucial for ages 0-3; early signs, support, and long-term care strategies provided.

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Ages 4-8

Child mental health: early signs, support, and long-term strategies for ages 4-8.

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Ages 9-14

Teen mental health signs: behavior changes, support, and long-term care guidance for ages 9-14.

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Ages 15-18

Teen and young adult mental health: early intervention, signs, and family support for ages 15-18.

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  • – West Virginia families and communities along with the rest of the nation continue to face the public health crisis of substance use disorder, but together we can restore our families and communities.
  • – Parents and caregivers – you can influence whether your child uses alcohol or drugs. It is crucial that you start talking with your children about alcohol and drugs well before the teen years. The earlier a person starts using drugs or alcohol, the more likely they are to develop substance use disorders.
  • – Learn about the types of stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. People who experience stigma are less likely to seek help or treatment. We are ALL part of the solution.
  • – Please note that this site has an array of resources for almost type of experience: family homelessness, foster care, dealing with divorce, resilience, traumatic experiences, and many more.

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