Parent/Caregiver Behavioral and Mental Health Support

Strong mental health is the foundation of strong families. When parents and caregivers struggle with behavioral or mental health challenges, it can impact everyone in the household. 

Data caption: Social supports play a significant role in promoting physical and mental well-being, potentially leading to a longer and healthier life. Lack of social support can magnify minor stresses, leading to negative short and long-term health outcomes. Recognizing the importance of social support as a positive factor for health can offer crucial insights into a population’s well-being and create avenues for focused interventions.

Data Caption: Poor mental health days in adults can significantly impact performance at work or in personal responsibilities. Poor mental health may cause strain on relationships due to withdrawal or emotional distress. While poor mental health days are not the same as diagnosed mental illness, if the experience of poor mental health persists and is not addressed over time, this can lead to isolation, chronic health issues, and lower overall quality of life.

Data Caption: Adult depression can have profound effects on many aspects of life, including work, parenting and other relationships, and overall well-being. Depression can impair social functioning, making it challenging to maintain healthy connections with others and participate in daily activities. Left untreated, depression can significantly diminish one’s quality of life, increase the risk of other mental and physical health issues, and in some cases, lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. 

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