1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. That’s three students in the average classroom, so mental health problems are likely to affect your child – either through friends or directly.
In the short films above, we’re asking young people to be in a mate’s corner if they feel they’re acting differently.
Two-thirds of young people experiencing mental health problems said that fear or judgement has stopped them from 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. There are three simple things you can do:
- Be open and talk about mental health
- Let your child know that just being there for their mate can make a big difference
- Share one or more of the films above
The more open you are to mental health, the more open your child will be too.
“I think the main thing for parents to do is to spend time with their child in a way that shows compassion. Young people want their parents’ advice; they just don't want the extra baggage of judgment or forcefulness that can so often come with it.”
“It can be so daunting to tell immediate family about dark thoughts because of the fear you’ll hurt them. But my mum’s always done her best to make that easier for me. Her simple words of encouragement and reassurance are the reason I’m still here today.”