Sometimes your child might not want to talk to you about anything, let alone their mental health. This can be tough for you, as you obviously want to make sure they are safe and well.
- There’s still a lot of stigma and silence around mental health in our society, meaning it can be really hard to open up about mental health problems – your child might still be coming to terms with what’s happening.
- Sometimes the time and space needs to be right – let them know you’re thinking about them and are there if they need you.
- Asking open questions, like “how was your day”, given them room to respond how they want. Closed (yes or no) questions can have the effect of shutting down a conversation.
- Reinforce the fact that mental health problems are common – 1 in 4 of us will experience them in our lifetime – and they aren’t something to be ashamed of.