Two thirds of young people with a mental health problem say that fear of judgement has stopped them telling a friend. Getting support from parents, teachers and professionals is important, but having a mate in their corner can make a big difference too. If you’re open about mental health, you can show your children that it’s ok to be open and talk about mental health problems.
- Let them know that just being there for their friend can make a big difference, and they don’t have to be an expert to help their friend
- Let them know that you’re there for them, and happy to talk about it and support them if it becomes too much.
- You could do some research online and find out more about the condition that their friend is experiencing – this will help them to build confidence.
- Watch our ‘in your corner’ films with your child, to show how big a difference it can make for them to be there for their friend.