In some Asian countries, including Hong Kong, there’s been a rise in the cases of children and teens dealing with mental health issues. This is because of a number of factors, including traumatic experiences, bullying at school and cyberbullying. For OFWs working in domestic areas, you should know how to best care for your ward’s mental health so they won’t have any problems growing up.
If your ward is experiencing mental health issues, you know how important it is to keep them well taken care of. Whether they are having a hard time adjusting to life in the new normal or having problems at school because of bullying, sometimes children need to talk about their feelings to get through them. This is why it’s so important that you learn how to be the best caregiver possible when raising your ward’s mental health. In this article, we’ll talk about some ways that you can ensure your child stays healthy both physically and mentally:
- Children are prone to loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
- Talk to your ward about how he or she is feeling.
- As needed, provide access to resources of various kinds (educational, recreational, medical, social).
- Encourage your ward to make new friends.
- Respect your ward’s privacy.
- Give your ward responsibilities.
- Allow some independence.
- It is important for OFWs to understand their ward’s mental health needs.
Children are prone to loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
Kids are prone to loneliness, anxiety, and depression. They can feel lonely if they don’t have friends.
Depression is a serious mental health problem that can affect children and teens. Anxiety is a feeling of worry or nervousness that can be caused by many things, including school, family and friends. In children, this can cause them to have trouble sleeping and eating. They may also feel like they are not good enough or that something bad is going to happen. It can be hard for caregivers to know if their child is suffering from anxiety or depression, but it’s important that they do because these disorders can affect how a child behaves at home and in school.
Mental health issues can also present among children as a lack of concentration, being irritable and having trouble making friends. Some children who are suffering from anxiety or depression may withdraw from their friends and family, become defiant or develop unusual habits like thumb sucking. It’s important to note that all children go through some form of anxiety, but it doesn’t mean they should be labeled as having a mental health condition. But when a child’s anxiety becomes so severe that it interferes with their daily activities, it’s time to provide some or seek help.
Talk to your ward about how he or she is feeling.
As a caregiver, you’re in a unique position to help your ward. If you’re worried about their mental health, try talking to him or her about it. Listen to their thoughts and feelings, and don’t judge them for what they say. Ask if he or she wants to talk about it, and be open if the answer is yes. Be accepting of your ward’s feelings—it can be difficult for someone who doesn’t have mental illness to understand what another person with an illness is going through, but at least show them that you care! Even if you don’t know how to respond to what they’re saying, try to listen and be supportive. If you know someone with mental illness, then you probably already know how difficult it can be. Let them know that they’re not alone in their struggle and that they can talk to you if they need help or just want someone to listen. Oftentimes, your presence, especially if the parents aren’t always present, can be a great comfort to the person suffering from mental illness.
Don’t think that you have to do everything in your own capacity to help your ward. You can help by providing access to resources to help them manage their mental illness. This could include educational opportunities, recreational activities, medical care, or social support networks. If the parents aren’t always at home and might be unaware of what their child is going through, then it might be a good idea to provide them with a link to the resources they need. The parents may not know how to help their child and might feel helpless, so it’s important to provide them with resources that can help them manage their mental illness.
In Hong Kong, there are several resources for children and parents to get help. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a government department that provides mental health services for children and adolescents, while the Family Life Development Centres (FLDCs) are community centres that offer family support services. These include child care, parenting classes, family counselling, and recreational activities for parents and their children.
Encourage your ward to make new friends.
Encourage your ward to make new friends. Helping your ward make new friends is one of the best ways to help with mental health issues, as it helps them feel less isolated and lonely. It also gives them a support system that they can rely on during difficult times.
You can help by encouraging activities or events that involve other people, such as community events and group outings. You could also look into local support groups, which might be helpful if your ward struggles with substance abuse or other mental health issues (though these groups tend to be more common in urban areas). Be sure that any social activity you plan includes adults capable of looking after themselves; while there’s nothing wrong with having a good time with children from time to time, it’s important not to exclude adults from the equation altogether!
Respect your ward’s privacy.
It’s important to respect the privacy of your ward and that of other family members and friends. Be mindful of what you share with others about them. If you are meeting a friend or relative in person, get permission from the ward before sharing information they may not want to be shared. You can also ask the doctor if it is okay for certain individuals to visit your ward or meet them at work events like birthday parties and graduations.
At any rate, maintaining trust and privacy is key to maintaining your ward’s ability to trust you as an adult caregiver and a person. By establishing healthy boundaries and being a good steward of the information you are given, you will be able to provide better care for your ward.
Give your ward responsibilities.
Giving your ward responsibilities is a great way to help them develop their confidence and self-esteem. It builds character, improves their productivity and makes them feel like they’re contributing members of the household. For example, you can assign your ward tasks such as taking out the trash or cleaning up their room once in a while.
When it comes to assigning responsibilities, you must choose tasks that they can handle easily so as not to overwhelm them. If the task is too difficult or daunting for your ward, they’ll become frustrated and lose interest in completing it. Instead, try giving them simple yet necessary chores such as bringing utensils from one room to another or dusting surfaces around the house. This will encourage them while also allowing them room for improvement—and you’ll be able to monitor how well they perform these tasks by checking up on their progress every once in a while!
Allow some independence.
Sometimes, knowing when to step back and let your ward live their life can be difficult. One of the best ways to do this is by allowing some independence. Let your ward make decisions for themselves, including having their friends and interests. If they want to learn how to play the guitar instead of taking up jogging with you, then let them go for it! This will help prevent you from becoming too overprotective or controlling as a caregiver.
As an adult, you might think you’ve got to take care of everything for your ward. When in fact, allowing them some space and time to process and deal with things themselves can help them become more independent. This, in turn, can help them become more self-sufficient and capable of making their own decisions, especially in managing their mental health.
It is important for OFWs to understand their ward’s mental health needs.
It is important for OFWs to understand their ward’s mental health needs. This will help them be able to recognize signs of mental illness in their wards, as well as how they can help them cope with stress and depression if they experience these conditions.
- Be aware of the signs of mental illness.
- Know how to talk about it.
- Help your ward cope with stress and depression, if needed
As an OFW, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that your ward is happy and healthy. This means being aware of the potential for mental health issues and taking steps to prevent them. You should be willing to listen when your ward needs someone to talk with and provide resources and support if needed. It’s also important not to forget about yourself as an individual—make sure you’re taking care of yourself too!