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Parents and teachers often have questions about the behaviour of children and adolescents. They may worry about whether a behaviour is appropriate for a particular age or developmental stage, or a sign that something might be wrong. They may wonder why it is occurring, and how best to respond.

The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources - one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer these questions. The Resources include ideas for promoting the mental health of children and adolescents, information about how children change as they get older, descriptions of behaviours that might indicate a problem, and practical suggestions for steps to take.


“Investigate” will take you straight to the age group of your choice, where you can learn about the actions you might see at that stage, and how to understand and respond to these actions

Review a Whole Chapter
To deepen your understanding about any of the topics in the resources, you can go directly to a particular chapter to read the entire chapter with all age ranges.

Behaviour Maps

To learn what kinds of words to use for your search, or to see lists of the behaviours you’ll find in each chapter, you can check the behaviour maps. 

By entering a word or phrase, you can quickly search all the chapters of the Parent Resource, Teacher Resource, or both resources, to find a specific item of interest