Helping your child or teen learn about mental health
Mental health is everyone’s business, and we all have a role to play. As a parent, guardian, caregiver or family member, you have a particularly special role in supporting child and youth mental health. Click Full Story for six ways you can help your child or teen learn about positive mental health.
Mental health is everyone’s business, and we all have a role to play. As a parent, guardian, caregiver or family member, you have a particularly special role in supporting child and youth mental health.
Naturally, this begins with supporting your own child(ren) and young family members, to help them to grow into mentally healthy and resilient adults. Understanding the sorts of skills that help to support good mental health in an ongoing way, and how best to reinforce these skills as part of regular family life, can also help to start and keep young people on a good path.
Here are six ways you can help your child or teen learn about positive mental health:
- Develop a shared understanding about what mental health actually is, including the differences between mental health and mental illness.
- Support social emotional skill development and overall well-being. Help your child/teen understand why these skills are so important in our lives. Invite open conversations about your child/teen’s thoughts, feelings and discuss any mental health struggles they may be having.
- Know the signs of mental health problems, and help your child/teen to also know and recognize signs of struggle.
- Help your child to be aware of supports and help available, and assist them in reaching out for help if ever needed.
- Remind your child/teen that there will be ups and downs in life, and that you will always be there to support them.
- Take care of your own mental health and model good self-care!
If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, or have questions about how to talk to your child about difficult topics, visit bit.ly/PDSBStudentMHandWB for further information and links to school and community resources. The PDSB Mental Health Resource Team is made up of registered psychologists and social workers. Follow them on Twitter @MHRTPeel to join the #WELLinPEEL conversation.