The difficulties of talking about mental health to children (includes video story)

Mental health is crucial to the healthy development of a child. However, parents rarely ask children to voice their emotions and mood. But they should have conversations about mental health with their children, ideally from a young age, some experts say.

Whitney Raglin Bignall, the associate clinical director of The Kids Mental Health Foundation, emphasizes the importance of these conversations. He says actively listening and reserving judgment sets the stage for the development of mental health.

Bignall even mentions personal examples. She says she has been able to successfully show her child how to communicate effectively with others regarding his mood and emotions.

Elaine Ruiz is a junior at Florida International University seeking a degree in Digital Communications and Media and in History. She is passionate about TV production and the entertainment industry and hopes to work in the entertainment industry after graduation.