If you are concerned about the health and safety of your child or teen, you are not alone. Many families go through times where the behaviour of others can cause concern, but there are ways to communicate your concern and take action when needed.
- Choose a time when you are not currently in disagreement or angry with each other over a separate issue.
- Approach your child or teen calmly and with an open mind.
- Ask them to share their personal issues with you, and try to express your concern in a non-blaming manner.
- Talk honestly about your concern – perhaps it’s a change in mood, sleep, appetite, or a sudden change in their friends or interests.
- Ask them what they might need from you, or how they think you can best help them.
- Reassure your child or teen that you are there for them and will support them should they decide to seek further help from a health professional.
- Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions if you are concerned about suicide.
For more ideas on communicating concern and finding help, go to Finding Local Resources in this section.