Child mental health checklist

This checklist aims to measure a broad range of social, emotional or behavioural difficulties your child may be experiencing.  

It's suitable for kids aged four to 16. If your child is older than 16, they can take our quiz themselves over at Youthbeyondblue or you could work through it together.

How it works 

These questions relate to how your child has been thinking, feeling and behaving in general. Tick the box next to each question that best describes your child.

Your responses will help us provide you with a score. The higher your score, the more likely your child is experiencing a problem that would benefit from professional support.

Your answers and results are completely confidential and we don’t store any of your information. 

My child...

Never
Sometimes
Often
  1. Feels sad, unhappy
    Never
    Little
    Some
  2. Feels hopeless
    Never
    Little
    Some
  3. Is down on self
    Never
    Little
    Some
  4. Worries a lot
    Never
    Little
    Some
  5. Seems to be having less fun
    Never
    Little
    Some
  6. Fidgety, unable to sit still
    Never
    Little
    Some
  7. Daydreams too much
    Never
    Little
    Some
  8. Distracted easily
    Never
    Little
    Some
  9. Has trouble concentrating
    Never
    Little
    Some
  10. Acts as if driven by a motor
    Never
    Little
    Some
  11. Fights with other children
    Never
    Little
    Some
  12. Does not listen to rules
    Never
    Little
    Some
  13. Does not understand other people’s feelings
    Never
    Little
    Some
  14. Teases others
    Never
    Little
    Some
  15. Blames others for his/her troubles
    Never
    Little
    Some
  16. Refuses to share
    Never
    Little
    Some
  17. Takes things that do not belong to him/her
    Never
    Little
    Some
What happens now?

Based on your score, we'll provide you with some guidance for seeking further support.

It’s important to remember that the results of this checklist are not a diagnosis. Instead, it aims to provide a snapshot of your child’s mental health to help you think through your concerns and seek appropriate support.

Regardless of the checklist results, if you're worried about your child’s mental health at any point you should talk things through with a health professional. 

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) is a brief screening questionnaire used to improve the recognition and treatment of social, emotional and behavioural problems in children and young people. 

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