Throughout our lives every one of us will experience frustrations, disappointments and setbacks. No one will ever have everything work out perfectly for them exactly when they want to. How we learn to manage these challenges can make a big difference in how we feel and how things work out for us.
This guide is meant to help parents and families who are concerned about their teen’s mental health and emotional well-being have important conversations with their child. Although parents often pick up on concerning signs that their teen is struggling, not everyone feels well-equipped to approach their child to have a conversation about how they are feeling. Knowing what to do after the conversation, especially if the child has expressed something concerning, is not always obvious.
This guide covers the following topics:
- Signs that your teen may be struggling
- Preparing yourself emotionally to have the conversation
- What to say and do during the conversation
- What to do if your teen denies a problem or refuses help but you are still concerned
- How to follow up after the conversation
This article includes information about how young people with mental health conditions can prepare going into college. Many of them have been in some sort of therapy, take one or more medications, and receive support services through their high school, from private tutors and/ or other agencies. Planning ahead for their ongoing mental health needs and academic support needs should be part of the college application process and should begin long before they step onto campus.
- Preparing for the transition: middle school and high school years
- Preparing for the transition: beginning the college search process
- Learning about mental health resources on/near campus
- Establishing your treatment team
- Helpful transition tools
- Obstacles to treatment on campus
- Health promotion on campus
During the pandemic, eating disorder helpline calls increased by as much as 80% while the number of hospitalizations for adolescents with eating disorders more than doubled. Educators are often the first to identify signs of trouble in children and teenagers, and they can also be a powerful force in helping them get the support they need. That is why it’s important that they are able to recognize the signs of an eating disorder and know what to do next.
What’s the difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating? When does dieting become dangerous? If you’re concerned about your child’s physical or mental health because of their relationship with food, how can you help?