How to support your child to talk openly about their mental health

You can provide your child with the tools to openly talk about their mental health and wellbeing with these thinking points.

With this infographic we show how you can help and be available to talk to them when they feel ready to approach you and follow these techniques to be the support that they need.

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  1. Allocate a time each week where you can sit down with your child and talk about how they are feeling.
  2. Encourage your child to express themselves better by talking openly about experiences.
  3. Be there for your child. Actively listen to them.
  4. Be patient and understanding.Highlight the benefits of talking about feelings and emotions.
  5. Support your child to talk openly about good and bad feelings.
  6. Role model the positive behaviours you want to see from your children
  7. .Create an environment where your child feels safe to open up about problems.
  8. Every so often check in with your child and ask them how they are feeling.
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