Red Flags

 

 

RFRed Flags 

 

Our district has adopted and implemented the “Red Flags”
program. This program provides a framework of knowledge for students, staff, and
parents on what positive mental health is and how to work towards achieving it. This
program has been successful in reducing the consequences of long term undiagnosed
mental illness in children through early recognition and treatment. In the elementary
building, students in the 5th grade participate in a series of lessons that focus on
what it means to be mentally well. These lessons also focus on the signs and symptoms of depression, which is known to be a significant factor in suicide attempts and completions. 

 

Most children feel sad and low every once in a while, but these feelings usually pass in a few days. Untreated depression, however, lasts for a long time and interferes with day-to-day activity.
What to Watch For:
  • Anger, irritability & agitation are typical
  • Deep feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Anxiety and fearfulness
  • Physical complaints: headaches, stomachaches
  • Withdrawl from family & friends
  • Loss of interest/pleasure in activities
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection & failure
  • Low self-esteem, guilt, feel worthless
  • Trouble concentrating & making decisions
  • Loss of energy/increased fatigue
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite & weight (up or down)

When to Worry:

All parents might see any of these symptoms in their children on occasion. It is time to seek professional help when:

  • Multiple symptoms appear
  • Over a long period of time
  • Symptoms are interfering with the child’s ability to function: refusal to go to school, personal hygiene, grades, lack of friends, troubled relationships, running away, self injury, substance abuse
  • Child talks about wanting to die and has thoughts of suicide

If you are concerned about your child, contact your family physician, child’s teacher and/or school counselor, and call one of the following agencies (or any counseling agency of your choice):
Children’s Advantage: 330.296.5552
Coleman Professional Services: 330.296.3555

 

 

 

 

This is a program funded and supported by:

MHRB