Tips for Talking with Youth about Mental Health
Kids may be curious about mental health, or not know how to talk to adults about their own emotions.
Do you need help starting a conversation with your child about mental health? Try leading with these questions.
Can you tell me more about what is happening? How you are feeling?
Have you had feelings like this in the past?
Sometimes you need to talk to an adult about your feelings. I'm here to listen. How can I help you feel better?
Do you feel like you want to talk to someone else about your problem?
I'm worried about your safety. Can you tell me if you have thoughts about harming yourself or others?
Below is additional information to help parents, caregivers, and educators have conversations with children and teens about mental health.