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Talking to Your Kids About Mental Health

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Talking to Your Kids About Mental Health

How to Talk to Your Children About Emotional Wellness

When it comes to talking to your children about mental health, it can be hard to navigate. We're here to help ease you into this sensitive topic. Read on to learn how you can open up the conversation with your family about mental health and wellness.

Talk About Yourself First

When it comes to opening up the lines of communication about mental health and wellness, it can be helpful to talk about your own experiences first. If you’ve struggled with your mental health or are currently living with a mental illness, try talking about your experiences and how you manage your condition in an age-appropriate manner.

Lead By Example

Children and teens tend to absorb and mimic the behaviors of their role models, especially their parents. By openly expressing your emotions in a healthy way, going to therapy, and developing healthy coping mechanisms, you are setting a positive example for your kids. If you make mental health and wellness a normal part of life at home, they will likely adopt those same habits and carry them on into adulthood.

Pay Attention to Behavioral Changes

Although your child may spend a majority of their time at school and participating in extracurricular activities, it is important to pay close attention to their behavior. As their parent, you know what may be abnormal for your child and may indicate that they should speak with a professional.

Some common behavioral changes that may suggest a mental health issue in children and teens include:

  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Tiredness.
  • Losing interest in friends and activities.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Memory issues and forgetfulness.
  • Self-harm.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Decline in academic performance.
  • Increased moodiness.

Ask Questions & Show Interest

Children and teens don't always know how to express themselves when it comes to complex thoughts and emotions. This makes it increasingly important for parents to lead conversations and show interest in their kids' lives and what's going on with them. Whether you're in the car or sitting at the dinner table, ask your children about their day and try to avoid yes or no questions to express genuine interest.

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