- When the child or adolescent is constantly tired and cannot sleep
- When he/she looses the ability to concentrate and relax
- Prolonged physical symptoms, such as vertigo, headache, stomach ache or other pain
- Anxiety, depression, tension
- Paralysis and the apparent lack of feelings
- Isolation from other people
- Lack of interest for things they previously found important
- Implicit self destructive acts, such as seeking danger or substance use
- If the child or adolescent has suicidal thoughts, help should be sought after as soon as possible.
The WHO (2013) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential and can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community.