How parents can support their children to talk about mental health

Creating a safe environment at home where your child can feel free to open up and express themselves is one of the positive ways you can make your child feel reassured in talking about how they are feeling.

In this mental health infographic the experts look at how parents can support their children to talk about mental health.

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  1. Talking about feelings and thoughts doesn’t always come naturally to people. Help your child to practice by getting them to talk about their day and how different things or events made them think and feel.
  2. Talking openly and regularly about mental health can support children to feel safe and more confident to talk about their own feelings.
  3. It is important that your child knows where to go to seek help. Provide them with the details.
  4. Find the right time to engage in conversations about mental health. This might be 1 on 1 or with the family.
  5. Don’t pressure them to talk about their mental health. Create a safe and nurturing environment where your child feels comfortable to come and talk to you when the time is right.
  6. A safe environment where a child feels as though they are being understood and listened to can help encourage them to speak out about their mental health.
  7. Building mental health into every day regular conversations can be useful. Whether that is checking in with your child or jut asking how they are feeling, this can be useful for breaking down barriers.
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