BALTIMORE (WJZ) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month and WJZ is highlighting valuable resources available in the community.
We spoke to one parent who learned how to manage her child’s mental health and is now an advocate. She says recognizing the signs and getting help early is key.
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“It is difficult to determine if these are growing pains or if a child is a child,” says Chiara Noble of Baltimore County.
Noble has a son with an intellectual disability.
“He was having trouble at school, having trouble concentrating and concentrating and some behavior was going on,” Noble said.
A nurse at his school directed her to resources to help.
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“We really didn’t know until we got him into therapy what was going on or what the cause was,” Noble said.
Her son’s mental health journey has also become a journey for her. She now volunteers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Metro Baltimore, also known as NAMI.
“Our goal is to support, educate, and advocate for individuals living with mental health conditions and their family members,” said NAMI Metro Baltimore Volunteer & Outreach Director Sarah Arndt said.
NAMI has a program where staff go to middle and high schools to talk to students about signs of mental illness. This work is crucial right now as students deal with pandemic-related stressors.
NAMI also connects families with resources and facilitates support groups and classes for families.
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“It is very important to have a support system in place,” says Noble. “It’s really a lot to try to navigate on your own and that’s one of the reasons why I love talking about mental health in general, but more specifically, children’s mental health is really close and close to my heart because of my son. close and dear to my heart. ”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/17/a-baltimore-mental-health-program-aims-to-help-children-with-growing-pains/ A Baltimore Mental Health Program Aims To Help Children With Growing Pains – CBS Baltimore