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The sacrifices, love, and commitment made by parents all over the world are not to be ignored. The relationship that exists between parent and child is something that is worth celebrating, especially when considering the effort so many put into keeping their families happy and safe. To commemorate and acknowledge this, Banyan Mental Health is celebrating the Global Day of Parents on June 1st. Read on to learn more about this holiday and the connections between parenthood and mental health.
The United Nations General Assembly created the Global Day of Parents in 2012, making it a relatively new holiday. The day, which is observed on June 1st each year, was established to honor the essential meaning and importance of parenthood. The Global Day of Parents was created by a UN resolution that acknowledges parents as the primary nurturers and caretakers of children and as having a substantial influence on their offspring's development.
The UN also acknowledges that parents today face a variety of complicated issues, including juggling job and family obligations while adjusting to the social, economic, and political constraints of contemporary life. The Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to increase awareness of these issues and to advocate for laws and initiatives that assist parents in their attempts to rear successful, healthy, and happy kids. By commemorating the Global Day of Parents, we express our commitment to helping parents in this crucial job while also recognizing the significant role that parents play in society.
The Relationship Between Mental Health and Parenting
Parenting and mental health complexly interact with each other, and this is influenced by both in different ways. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that parents who have mental health problems may find it more difficult to give their kids the emotional stability and support they require for success. For instance, parents who are depressed could find it difficult to interact with their kids, whereas parents who are anxious might be too protective and restrict their kids' freedom.
The opposite is also true—parenting can have a profound effect on mental health. High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression can result from the demands of raising children and societal pressure to be a "perfect" parent and other factors. For parents balancing a job and family obligations or struggling with interpersonal or financial pressures, this may be especially true.
It's critical to understand that parenting and mental health are symbiotic relationships that influence one another in opposite directions. Parents who prioritize their own mental health needs are better able to give their children the emotional stability and support they require, and children who grow up in a supportive environment are more likely to experience good mental health themselves. Therefore, a top priority in fostering healthy families and communities should be supporting both parents' and kids' mental health.
How to Support Parental Mental Health
Supporting parents' mental health can be done in many ways. First, it is critical to understand that parents may require support and assistance and that asking for aid is a show of strength rather than weakness. Parents should be urged to put their own mental health needs first, whether that entails scheduling time for self-care, getting help from a professional, or reaching out to support networks. To help these individuals, Banyan provides different options for mental health treatment for a variety of disorders.
Promoting laws and initiatives that lessen the strains of parenthood is another strategy to enhance the mental health of parents. This could include laws granting flexible work hours or paid parental leave, or parenting support and education initiatives. Creating strong social networks and community ties can also be beneficial because parents are less likely to feel alone and isolated when they feel supported and connected.
Finally, it's critical to understand that promoting parental mental health benefits kids as well as adults. Children raised in circumstances that value mental health can handle the stresses of daily life. They are also more likely to experience good mental health as adults. By supporting parental mental health, we can help promote healthy families and communities and set the stage for positive outcomes for both parents and children.
While we understand that not every parent will have the means to drop everything and attend our residential mental health facilities, these folks should not be left with nothing. We encourage those in need to seek out the adult mental health services and programs offered by our treatment center, and we would be happy to help you find out how much care can be covered by your insurance.
Banyan supports and recognizes the sacrifices made by parents all over the world and hopes to return those efforts with sincere care and consideration. Call us today at 888-280-4763 to learn more about how our programs can help your recovery.