Back to school time can often bring mental health issues to the surface for kids

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Mental health issues can arise early in life, and Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley wants to help parents of kids who struggle with these disorders.

Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley offer free training sessions for parents with kids who have mental illness

The agency offers free training sessions for parents and other caregivers of kids who suffer from mental illness.

Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley Executive Director Diane Kelly says the start of a new school year can often bring mental health issues to the surface for children.

She says there are some general warning signs to watch out for.

"Extreme anxiety, hesitance to want to go to school, a lot of trouble paying attention in school, inability to get along with peers and mainly, any significant change in behavior," says Kelly.

The September training sessions are full, but another series called Basics is being offered again, beginning November first.

That five- week series also free, and more in-depth.

To reserve your spot, call (540) 344-0931.