Childhood is a very unique experience filled with growth mentally, socially, emotionally, physically and hopefully spiritually. In a perfect scenario children will be raised in a loving home with two doting parents who prepare them for their prophetic destiny both naturally and spiritually. Sadly, most of the time this is not the case. Many adults can trace a lot of their current issues back to their childhood.
“ Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6
This scripture holds true no matter how good or bad a person’s childhood experience. Many adults that are in need of both deliverance and counseling could have benefited greatly from counseling as a child. Mental health issues that go undetected and untreated in children do not just disappear in adulthood. Many people have endured very traumatic and devastating scenarios as children (rape, molestation, abuse, parental abandonment, parental addiction) and never received any type of efficient “help” to work through those experiences.
This usually results in maladjusted adults that are broken and bitter. Children need and could benefit from mental health services just as much as adults. This can help to ensure that they develop healthy well-rounded personalities and to help them deal with issues and restore them as to not carry problems over into adulthood.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. As parents we must be proactive in regards to the mental health of our children. We want to raise healthy and well-rounded children that are prepared as young adults to leave our homes in order to fulfill their prophetic destiny. Listed below is 3 reasons to be concerned about mental health in regards to your children.
1. Abuse [sexual, physical, verbal, emotional]. No matter what form of abuse experienced it
warrants getting your child the proper treatment in order to help them resolve these traumas to their soul. Many people have thought that their children would forget or even “grow out of it” and sadly many found their children go towards bad behaviors or even into a life of addiction.
2. Parental abandonment & addiction. There is no replacement for a biological parent. Children will always have the desire to know and connect with their parent(s) and when this is not possible it can many times have a negative affect on a child’s view of themselves and even life.
3. Divorce of parents. No matter how much parents try to communicate to their child that their divorce was a personal decision many children still blame themselves. It is a known fact that the divorce of parents can effect children for many years after it is finalized. A lot of parents do not understand or realize how painful divorce can be not only on them but on their children.