Category: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Breasts and the Brain

Across the ages, breasts have remained very relevant to the provision of comfort for humans. For the newborn human, this paired organ serves as the source of nutrition and vitality. We know that the first milk produced soon after the delivery of the baby is naturally constituted to nurture the neonate with much-needed antibodies that protect the newborn from infectious...

Prevention of Mental Disorders: “From the Cradle” Perspective

If the child is able to successfully navigate through the perils of pregnancy and delivery (as described in my previous article), the first years of life are not devoid of potential challenges that could have direct or indirect implications on the mental health and wellbeing of the individual (eventually).  We now know that children who are not taken care off...

Adolescent Suicide

 The impact of suicide on the family and other significant others in the life of someone who successfully ends his/her life can be devastating. We keep hearing of adolescents who commit suicide or young adults who end their lives by themselves. I have emphasized in previous parts of this series the need for us to resist the temptation of blaming...

School mental health guide for parents and teachers

 The entire growth of a child or adolescent is not just the obvious physical growth and maturation. Holistic growth and development entail physical, mental and social development of an individual. The school environment must not just complement the efforts of the parents but provide a mechanism for proactively identifying children who need specific interventions towards enhancing their performance. The outcome...