5 Ways to Start a Conversation About Mental Health With Your Teen

3. Do Your Research

Nobody chooses to have a mental illness. Depression and anxiety are unwelcome visitors in anyone’s mind. Still, millions suffer. So the least we can do is learn more about what they’re going through. Having even the smallest understanding of what someone might be experiencing from their mental illness will do wonders in having a conversation with them about it. Not only does it educate you and give you a better comprehension of their symptoms, but it also shows them that you cared enough to get to know more about them.

4. Don’t Expect Anything

Whether it’s talking about mental health, or just getting to know someone, people need time. Just because you know about their mental illness doesn’t mean they are going to want to talk to you about it right away. They may never want to talk to you about it, but being able to recognize that someone may need space or time to process will ultimately help you in your approach.

5. They are NOT Their Mental Illness

Just because someone has anxiety does not mean that their life is an anxious wreck. There is so much more going on in their lives than the anxiety attack from this morning that they’re desperately trying to forget about and move on from. Having a conversation about mental health is important, but remembering that not everything has to be about someone’s mental health will ensure that your conversations are welcome and serving a purpose.

Society has made it awkward and taboo to have conversations about mental health, but there really isn’t much to it. Be authentic in your approach and do your part in erasing the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Our teens are at risk, and we have a duty as parents to recognize what they’re up against, and do something to help. Talk with your teen today, and protect them from becoming another statistic.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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