talking to your parents about mental health
Categories
Mental Health Parents

Talking to your Parents about Mental Health

It’s difficult to talk about your mental health at the best of times but when it comes to telling your parents about a suspected problem you may have, it’s not uncommon to completely freeze up and be too scared to talk about it.

It may be that you think your parents won’t understand or that they won’t believe you. The stigma surrounding mental illness often stops people from speaking up about their problems, leaving many issues undiagnosed and people struggling.

If you suspect something’s up with your mental health, here are a few tips to know before you approach your parents.

1. It’s fine to ask for help

First things first, is to understand that it’s totally fine to ask for help. Your parents are your support network and they can’t help unless they know what’s up.

If you can’t tell your parents for whatever reason, these tips can be applied to any other adult that you choose to confide in.

What about your friends? You can talk to them too.

2. Pick a good time that works for everybody

So, as with any serious conversation, it’s really important that you pick a good time to sit down and talk. There’s no point grabbing your parents first thing in the morning when everyone’s in a rush.

Choose a time when you can sit down and talk about your mental health to your parents thoroughly, that way you can be sure that you have their full attention.

3. Explain what’s been going on with your mental health

Sometimes it helps to just explain how you’ve been feeling lately. Don’t lead with suspected diagnoses, that’s a bit overwhelming and could also come across as dramatic (even if its accurate).

You could say something like “Lately, I haven’t really been feeling like myself…”  and then explain further what you mean. All too often, teenagers and those under 25 get overlooked when voicing concerns about their mental health – it’s not uncommon to put complications down to ‘teen angst’ or ‘hormones’ and in some cases, this can be the cause.

However, if you think this is an unfair diagnosis, don’t be afraid to contest it – your mental health is way too important, so stand your ground if you’re really concerned.

4. Keep track with journals or diaries

It helps to keep track of your feelings over a period of time. This way you have something to back up what you’re saying, check out this article for handy tips on how to track your mental health.

Just like with bullying, if you keep a record of how it makes you feel, people tend to take you more seriously when you bring an issue to their attention.

Remember that no one wants you to feel bad, especially your parents, so it’s really just about getting them to understand the true extent of it.

5. What happens next

Next up is to explain what you want to do about it. It’s all well and good telling your parents about your concerns but if you’re not clear about what you want them to do, then they might not know how to help you best.

If you want to see a doctor, say it. If you want to see a counsellor, say that too. If you’re unsure what you need to do, then simply say that you need their help and advice.

6. How can your parents help you?

Well, there are loads of ways to support someone who may be dealing with mental illness, but the most important is to understand.

Understanding goes a long way in helping the person dealing with mental health issues and it’s important that the people closest to you get it.

The best way to reduce mental health stigma is to gain a wider understanding of what mental illness is, only then will we be able to eradicate stigmas and negative stereotypes.

7. Other resources available to you

Remember that there are loads of services available for you to use if you need extra help or advice:

Most importantly…


Join the Ditch the Label Community to talk to a digital mentor who can help you today.

RSS FORUM CHATS

  • Am i gonna stay like this for ever ?
    For my whole life i was heterosexual.... (Dont ask me how do i know that. I just simply do.)but 8 months ago after brake up with the first love in my life i just simply stopped being into girls, and for last 3 or 4 months i actualy feel gay.... It happend litteraly forom day […]
  • Chat about Christmas 🎄 ❤
    I'm so excited for Christmas! Currently putting lights up, what's your tradition during these wonder land seasons? Also, have you got snow? Reply with Christmas spirits!!!! Christmas 🎄 🌲
  • Introduce myself
    Hi I'm new here
  • What I'm going through. Please please help me
    May 1st, 2021-November 26, 2021 Hey mom I'm doing a digital note because I forgot to bring a notebook. I wanted to write about this to your for a while but I never got a chance to. But recently I've just been really bothered by like my boys and weight and stuff and I don't […]
  • Hello.please help me.my father just said to me.i
    Hello Help me what can i do. My identity is what makes me happy.but i never come out to my father only my mom knew about me.my father decide to said this words on me today "note that if you are a gay i will hate you I'm just telling you from now i will […]
  • Relatable book quotes
    Hi guys so I thought I'd just make something fun where we talk about relatable book quotes there's loads of books out there Ik but I'm just curious if you guys have any you relate to Here's mine: It's weird right? Something happens, and it's the worst thing you can ever imagine, and it's just […]