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Support for Siblings

February 20, 2024


When a child is struggling with a mental health crisis, the entire family is affected. As a parent, caring for that child and making sure their needs are met can become all-consuming. Other kids in the family often take on more responsibilities and lend a helping hand. But it’s important to remember that even if those kids appear to be handling the situation well, they need support too.

That’s why this week at childmind.org, we talk about the stress and anxiety that kids often feel when their sibling is struggling with their mental health — and why they might feel pressure to appear perfect. We’ve gathered advice from siblings who’ve been through this difficult experience. And to provide some guidance to kids and teens who aren’t quite sure how to support a loved one who’s suffering, we’ve asked our clinical experts to weigh in.

– Faith Wilkins, Staff Writer | 

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