Ways to Connect with Your Teenagers When Concerned About Their Mental Well-beingAug 18, 2023
In today's fast-paced world, it's more important than ever for parents to be vigilant about their teenagers' mental health. Understanding how to conduct meaningful check-ins with your teens can significantly impact their overall well-being. On September 10, 2020, the world marked World Suicide Prevention Day, shedding light on the fact that over 800,000 lives are lost to suicide every year, translating to one life lost every 40 seconds. Disturbingly, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 10 to 34 in the U.S., as of 2019.
As a caring parent or guardian, you hold the capacity to provide vital support for your teenagers during these challenging times. Here are the top three recommendations for effectively checking in with your teens and ensuring their well-being:
Initiate Heartfelt Conversations
Begin engaging in meaningful conversations with your teenagers from a young age. Cultivate an open environment where they feel comfortable discussing anything, whether it's positive, challenging, or difficult. Even if communication hasn't been strong in the past, it's never too late to make a change. Take the initiative to ask questions and pay attention to their responses, whether conveyed through words, energy, or actions. Sometimes, giving your child your undivided attention can make a significant difference.
Refrain from passing judgment on your teenagers or their decisions. If they sense judgment, they may hesitate to confide in you during their struggles. It's crucial for them to know that sharing with you won't lead to judgment. Today's parenting approach involves understanding their perspective and avoiding strict notions of right and wrong. Embrace their unique worldview and use it as an opportunity to learn from them.
Affirm Their Importance
Adolescents often grapple with feelings of inadequacy and the need for validation. The era of pervasive social media only intensifies these challenges. As a parent, it's important to recognize their individuality and strengths. Engage in conversations that acknowledge their uniqueness and discuss qualities of individuals they admire. Create an environment where they feel valued for who they are. Even if they only grasp a portion of your words, it holds profound significance.
To approach your child about their well-being, start by being open to the possibility that they might be struggling. Then, become the voice and the listener who assures them that they have the ability to overcome challenges. As they navigate through uncertain times, you can be their steadfast anchor.
Is your teenager facing challenges that seem overwhelming? Are you concerned about their well-being, confidence, or future goals? It's time to take proactive steps and provide the support they need!
Reach out today to schedule a consultation. Let's discuss your teenager's unique needs and challenges. Together, we can create a personalized coaching plan that addresses their goals and aspirations!
With Love and Gratitude,