A recent survey revealed that 82% of Bermuda’s residents agree that the pandemic has increased mental health issues in children and adolescents. However, only approximately 67% of surveyed residents agreed that they know how to identify when a child is experiencing stress and anxiety and just under 50% of the surveyed residents could not identify a child or teen experiencing depression.

Our mission at Family Centre’s is to bring awareness to the rise, causes, and warning signs of mental illness in Bermuda, specifically in children and teens.

If you’re noticing any of the below changes in mood, social situations, school, eating or sleeping habits that could be a sign that something’s wrong with your child or teen:

  • Excessive worry or anxiety
  • Persistent sadness or irritability
  • Extreme changes in mood and/or behaviour
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Outbursts that can be harmful
  • Changes in academic performance or motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating and lack of focus
  • Self-harm or talking about self-harm
  • Talking about death or suicide

It’s important that parents and caregivers are aware of the warning signs and know that Family Centre can help. Our counseling services are free of charge and confidential for children and teens ages from 4 to 18 and their families.

If you’re concerned call Family Centre at 232-1116 today or email us at info@tfc.bm.

This campaign has been made possible by One Communications and RBK Advertising + Design.

For more information about the campaign, read our Press Release.

Watch: Learn the warning signs that your child or teen may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

Watch: Dr. Sandy DeSilva and and Thania Redman discuss Family Centre’s mental health awareness campaign on The Daily Hour on October 13, 2021.

Watch: A special message for Mental Health Month: Make your mental health and your child’s mental health a priority.

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