Tips for Pediatricians

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Tips for Pediatricians

Help support children and families
Ask the doctor about my emotional development too

Encourage Families to Ask About Mental Health

Mom! Dad! Ask About My Emotional Development Too, were developed with the generous support by the AAP and the Friends of Children Fund, to promote discussion of emotional development and mental health during well-child visits.​​

Click here to download the flyers to post in your office, ads for your newsletters, or smaller versions for your Web site or Facebook page! Also available in Spanish!

Promote social and emotional health among children

Provide Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health

These sheets provide tips and resources for parents, early education and child care providers, and pediatricians to promote social-emotional health.

Among Young Children​

Among Teens

report by the national alliance on mental health

Talk With Families About Mental Health            

The Family Experience With Primary Care Physicians and Staff is a report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) that provides results from a survey they performed on family experiences with primary care doctors in treating children and adolescents living with serious mental illness. The survey responses came from parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The survey asked parents and caregivers a variety of questions related to their experiences discussing and addressing mental health concerns with their child's primary care physician and staff. The survey report provides a comprehensive overview of their responses, thoughts, and comments.

Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care

Help Families Understand Integrated Care


A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care is a guide developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide families with practical information about integration to help them get involved in the integrated care movement and improve the quality of care their child receives in the pediatric primary care setting.



Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope


After a disaster, children may have difficulty coping and may develop a range of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, or bereavement. This Web page includes resources that pediatricians can use or offer to children and families to help them understand and cope with loss.


Mental Health Tips for Teens Graduating from High School            

Graduating from high school is a time of excitement and adventure for many young people, but also a time filled with uncertainty. The end of high school means transitions to college, into jobs, into the military, or out of the foster care system. These situations bring up things to think about regarding general well-being, health concerns and diagnoses, and medications. For the 2013 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, the AAP offered tips for both parents and youth navigating this important time of life. A child’s pediatrician can also be a wonderful source of advice on helping a teen to transition successfully.

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