How to help teenagers who are struggling with their mental health

Being there in a supportive role is even more important as a parent when your teenager is struggling with their mental health. We look at how you can be there and provide guidance on how to engage with, and encourage them in managing their mental health to improve their well-being.

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  1. Encourage them to talk openly about how they are feeling and what they are thinking.
  2. Support them to find the right help by encouraging them to reach out to their local doctor or a mental health charity.
  3. Regularly check in with them and ask if there is anything you can do to help or support.
  4. Work with them to come up with an actionable plan of things they can do that help them feel better.
  5. Support and encourage them to look after their physical health (e.g. good sleep habits, eating well balanced diet).
  6. Encourage them to stay physically active. Exercise can be a great way to boost mood and reduce stress.
  7. Remind them that you are there for them to help, guide and support.
  8. Be patient and understanding. Listen to what it is they are saying.
  9. Guide them towards helplines or mental health websites that offer advice.
  10. Work with them as a team to learn some coping skills that you can practice together.
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