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Talking with a young person

A young person requires more detailed information about their parent’s mental health issues than a younger child. Adolescence is also a time of change. Young people who were caring for their parents and siblings may no longer want to do this. They may grapple with concerns that they too will become unwell as many mental health issues can start during adolescence. Some young people will also have experienced their own symptoms or an episode of mental illness.

Some tips for talking to adolescents include:

  • take time to build a relationship
  • be reliable and available
  • remember to talk with them— best practice is equal parts listening and talking
  • don’t just engage for the purpose of obtaining information from them or delivering a message
  • be interested in their whole lives, not just one aspect
  • refer them to apps and technology that may help them.

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