It is common for people to worry about what others think and have concerns about the stigma (shame) of mental health issues. Stigma can sometimes get in the way of enabling your child to get the treatment he/she needs. Different cultures have different views about mental health issues and concerns and in some cultures it is not okay to talk about such issues. However, in our society it is becoming more accepted to talk about mental health concerns. Parents often say that a safe place to talk about their issues is with other parents who have some of the same concerns or experiences. Mental health issues should be treated like any other health concern that your child might have. However, if you have concerns, laws can protect you and your child’s privacy and information cannot be shared without your consent.