Transcript for Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana and others team up for children’s mental health campaign
We're going to move on to our cover story that focuses on kids mental health awareness day. Now celebrities like Emma stone and Zoe Saldana are opening up about their mental health challenges when they were a kid. Deborah Roberts has more. Reporter: We all know the emotional stresses of growing up, especially in a difficult world. And for a lot of children those struggles include mental illness. The problem is kids often feel embarrassed to talk about their mental health. So the child mind institute enlisted the help of celebrities to get the conversation started. Growing up with hdhd and dyslexia meant school was challenging. I can't imagine how hard a year like we just had would be with kids who faced the same struggles I did. Reporter: A look at powerful and revealing message, all part of a getting better together campaign from the child mind institute. Zoe Saldana sharing when she reached out for help it was such a relief. I know some of you may need more help and it's really brave and empowering when you ask for it. Reporter: Emma stone also reaching up. I started having panic attacks when I was 7. It was scary and didn't know what was happening so I was very lucky that I had a mom that understood. I've dealt with anxiety and depression and mental illness since I was super young. Reporter: For some time now Bebe rexha has shared her struggles. One thing that got me through is therapy and talking to friends and family and music. Reporter: And friends of the statute also speaking out. I've experienced a lot of anxiety and it hasn't made me feel too good. It is more common than you think. Even if you think you are alone you should know other people are going through similar situations as you. Always stay in touch with friends and family members. And send I text or quick phone call and play video games online with friends. What do you most commonly see in kids that are struggling? Anxiety disorder, mood disorders and behavior disorders interfere with a child's functioning and cause them great distress at home, at school. How urgent is it for you during this period that we are looking at children and their mental health? On a good day in America before covid, one out of five kids had a mental health disorder and the overwhelming majority never got help. With covid we've just added a very big stressor on all those kids. Reporter: And what should parents look out for? You'll see a change in their appetite. A change in their sleep. A change in their passion to do things and if any of those symptoms come on, when you really do know your kid for more than two week, that's a red flag. This is one of those moments where people recognize that mental health is as important as your physical health and you can't have one without the other. And you cannot neglect that the experts say there are a few things parents could look out for, though. Keep an eye on your child and see if there is inconsistency. You know your child. Don't be ashame fundamental they're struggling and most important get help if you think your child is in trouble and these days help can be just a screen away with telemedicine out there and so many resources online so the most important thing is to be aware and get help. And the child mind institute doing such a good job. Thank you, Deborah.
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