Know Your Child

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 9.40.13 AMKnow Your Child is an education and awareness program for parents of teenagers to learn how to recognize the early warning signs of depression, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, and other behavioral issues and provide information on available community resources.

If you are worried about your child follow your instincts. Unexplained changes in behavior and/or mood may be the early warning signs of trouble.

Have you ever asked yourself:

Is my child being bullied?

Do I know my child’s friends?

Does my child smell like smoke?

It’s OK to ask.

 

Have you seen this?

  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities
  • Sudden drop in school performance & attendance
  • General feeling of “I don’t want to go to school”
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Secrecy about phone and internet usage
  • Profanity
  • Change in sleeping and eating habits
  • Change in physical appearance
  • Social avoidance/emotional withdrawal
  • Mood swings/aggressive behavior
  • Change in circle of friends
  • Signs of substance abuse

What can you do?

  • Stay calm
  • Spend one on one time with our child away from distractions
  • Discuss your concerns with your child & listen
  • Keep asking. Be the parent who will listen when your child is ready to talk
  • Call your pediatrician
  • Seek an evaluation by a mental health professional
  • Don’t minimize problems. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors should always be taken seriously

Where do I go for help?

24 Hour Emergency & Crisis Hotlines

  • 9-1-1 if risk of danger to self or others
  • 985-231-1142 for Crisis Counseling
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Other Resources

Other Websites

This is cosponsored by:

Fire District 1

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

St. Tammany Parish Coroner

St. Tammany School Board

St. Tammany Youth Service Bureau