I've been hospitalised twice in the past for depression and anxiety and I told the kids that I wasn't feeling very well in the head and it made me very sad.
Not sure if that was the right thing to say but they accepted it after asking a few questions, which I answered honestly.
We are currently watching Selling Houses Australia and the man trying to sell his house is a hoarder and is obviously very depressed, among other things. DD (6) made a remark about him being lazy or something and I told her that some people really struggle with day to day life and it makes them a bit sad and sick in the head.
TBH, I'm not comfortable with saying "sick in the head" but I'm not sure what else to say?
We have a family friend who is schizophrenic due to drug use in his twenties. He is now 50 but is more like a young teenager. The kids adore him and see no difference between him and me. They have no idea that he has a mental illness and I don't find the need to tell them. He is in and out of hospital a few times a year to get his meds under control but because he lives in a different city, the kids are unaware.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Basically, I want my kids to be mindful of mental illnesses but I don't want them to treat people with a mental illness any different.
How have you explained it or intend to explain it to your children?
Mine are 6, 8 and 10.