You have the most important job in the world. But sometimes it can feel like the world is on your shoulders. Let us help you through it. Explore this guide to get strategies for your kids’ well-being, and yours.
It’s been a challenging year for families everywhere. In some ways we’ve gotten closer, and in others, we’re ready for a break. Despite these unique times, one thing remains: The health and well-being of your children is everything.
Your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plan has options to care for your kids’ mental health needs, just like it does their physical ones. And, don’t forget — you matter, too. These options extend to everyone on your plan, including the people your kids call mom and dad.
Call us – we’re here to help
Parents are usually the first to notice any changes in their child’s moods or behavior. When that happens, the last thing you need is the added stress of finding the right provider. That’s where we can help.
Give us a call, and we can match you with an in-person therapist who meets your child’s needs. We can also see if that therapist offers virtual visits.
You can speak with your child’s family doctor or pediatrician if you have concerns about any aspect of your child’s health — including their mental health. Your child’s doctor can offer their medical opinion and provide you with a list of referrals, if needed.
Don’t have a regular doctor for your child? You can log in to your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member account to find one.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a complex developmental disorder that can affect a child’s or adolescent’s ability to learn or have friendships. Symptoms usually appear between ages 3-61 and can include lack of focus, temper tantrums and forgetfulness, exhibited both at school and at home.
A growing number of children under the age of 10 are living with anxiety, and many are not receiving treatment.2 Keep an eye out for trouble sleeping, frequent complaints of feeling ill, excessive worrying, restlessness and other similar symptoms.
While most teens can often appear disinterested, longer term sadness, guilt and changes to appetite and weight can be signs of depression. Roughly 13% of Americans aged 12-17 said they experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017.3
Keep in mind
Much of your time is spent focusing on your family. So, it’s easy to forget to check in with yourself, or make yourself a priority. That’s why your plan gives you options for behavioral health care that work with your schedule.
It's okay to not be okay. It's okay to ask for help. And most importantly, it's okay to prioritize your mental health. Because the truth is, you cannot pour from an empty cup. To take care of your children and family, you first need to take care of yourself.
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Short meditations can help reduce anxiety for both kids and adults. Taking time to sit still and listen to thoughts without judgement for as little as 10 minutes a day could make a difference.
Starting a family exercise routine is a great way to bond with your kids. Plus, it can help everyone clear their mind and have fun. Just an evening jog or walk around the block can help.
It seems obvious that getting good sleep is necessary for healthy minds, but many teens and children suffer from a lack of sleep. Staying on a regular routine and avoiding screen time at night can drastically improve sleeping patterns.
Breathing exercises for children
Watch one of our videos to find out how gratitude and breathing exercises can improve your family's mental health and well-being.
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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and National Domestic Violence Hotline are independent companies, not affiliated with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
The information contained on this webpage is for educational purposes only. Nothing on this webpage is intended to be, nor should be used as or relied upon as, professional medical advice. Nothing contained on this webpage is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. For medical advice, or to receive medical diagnosis or treatment, consult with your health care provider.