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Mental Health Talk Youth:

Help  children build strong, caring relationships:

  • Spend some time together around the dinner table
  • Show your child/children how to solve problems
  • Be a role model for you child/children; show patients and love

Help children and youth develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves

  • Show love and acceptance
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests

Listen, and respect their feelings

  • It’s ok for children to feel sad, angry or scared. Encourage them to talk about how they feel
  • Keep communication and conversation open by asking questions or helping them to create a feelings wheel
  • Encourage your child to talk to some one they trust if they do not feel comfortable talking to you

Things to watch for in Children and Youth  for Mental Health

  • Saying negative things about themselves or blaming themselves for things beyond their control
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in school performance
  • Seeming very unhappy, worried, guilty, fearful, irritable, sad, or angry
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, lonely, or rejected
  • Wanting to be alone often
  • Showing less interest in or withdrawing from sports, games, or other activities they enjoy

Mental Health Talk Adults:

Help our loved ones build strong, caring relationships:

  • Spend some time together around the dinner table.
  • Set time aside with no distractions.
  • Recognize their efforts and thank them for it.

Listen, and respect their feelings

  • It’s ok for adults to feel sad, angry or scared. Encourage them to talk about how they feel.
  • Keep communication and conversation open by asking open-ended questions.
  • Encourage your loved one to talk to someone they trust if they do not feel comfortable talking to you.
  • Offer your loved one help in seeking professional support and provide information on ways to do this.
  • Listen carefully to what your loved one is saying.
  • Talk about your loved ones wellbeing.
  • Don’t try to diagnose or second guess your loved ones feelings.

Things to watch for in Adults for Mental Health

  • Saying negative things about themselves or blaming themselves for things beyond their control.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Seeming very unhappy, worried, guilty, fearful, irritable, sad, or angry
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, lonely, or rejected.
  • Wanting to be alone often.
  • Showing less interest in or withdrawing from activities they enjoy
  • Know your limits and seek help for your loved one if needed.

 

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