Who’s At Risk?
Mental health concerns and illness affect people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic groups. However, some children and families have increased exposure to social, biological, or environmental risk factors that may contribute to the development or exacerbation of mental health disorders and related problems.
Fortunately, the vast majority of children and families in the categories below will thrive despite their increased risk. Caring adults in these childrens’ lives can help to increase the likelihood of this by promoting protective factors, providing compassionate support, and helping them to access social, emotional, and mental health supports when needed.