As your kids get older, it’s natural to worry more about their mental health

Being there for your child is the most important thing you can do to help protect their mental health.

Pay attention to changes in your teen's behaviour. This could be a sign that they are struggling with their mental health.

The teenage years are a difficult time for everyone, but there are things you can do to help them have more ups than downs.

Create a safe and supportive environment

Let your teen know that they can come to you with anything, and that you will be there to listen without judgment. Create a home environment where they feel comfortable expressing their emotions, both positive and negative. Talking about mental health can help to normalise the conversation and make it easier for them to open up to you if they are struggling.

Model healthy coping skills.

Show your teen how you deal with stress and difficult emotions in a healthy way. This could include things like exercise or going for a walk, relaxation techniques, or talking to a trusted friend or family member.

Encourage self-care.

Help your teen develop healthy self-care habits, such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. These habits can help to improve their overall mental and physical well-being.

Having a hobby.

Encourage your teen to get involved in activities they enjoy. This can help to improve their mood and overall well-being.

Be patient and understanding.

It's important to remember that adolescence is a time of great change and development. Your teen may be going through a lot of emotional ups and downs. Be patient and understanding, offer your support as they navigate this challenging time.

Seek professional help if needed.

If you are concerned about your teen's mental health, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can provide your teen with the support and guidance they need to cope with their challenges.

The Young Minds website has lots of resources on teen mental health designed for parents to support their teenagers.

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