As a parent, you want to keep your child’s health safe. This includes their mental health too. Certainly, all parents want their children to be happy, but with a rise in issues with mental health in adolescents, even the best parents can find their children struggling with mental health issues. Unfortunately, according to statistics taken in 2019, one in three high school students and over half of the population of female high school students reported symptoms of mental health issues like depression.
So, what can parents do for their children struggling with mental health issues to make them better suited for happy adulthood?
One thing parents can do to support their children struggling with mental health issues is to identify behaviors that characterize these issues. For example, some of the identifying behaviors that can signify mental health issues in adolescence may include:
These behaviors can be a sign that mental health issues are present in young adults and adolescents. So, they shouldn’t just be thought of as being normal for a young person. Rather, if these symptoms are debilitating to your child’s lifestyle, they can lead to further issues. And, should be addressed with professional help.
Young people who are struggling with mental health issues often find it challenging to stay on task with schoolwork. As a parent of someone struggling with these issues, providing support can come in the form of helping with school workloads. While a parent certainly shouldn’t do a child’s work for them, an easy way of providing support is understanding that they are stressed and may be having trouble. And, providing a way to offer assistance including proofreading, helping with research, or even looking into hiring a tutor for classes or assignments that are especially overwhelming.
Stress is often associated with mental health issues in children and young adults. But, young people may not know how to utilize stress-reducing strategies. As a parent, you can help your child who’s struggling with anxiety as a result of mental health issues by practicing stress reduction techniques with him or her. Stress reduction methods can include exercising, getting out into nature, doing arts and crafts, meditating, listening to calming music, and more. Managing overwhelming stress is hard on anyone, especially children. So, if parents can give their children stress-relieving outlets and practice these techniques with them, this can help to reduce stress levels.
While it’s certainly important that parents are supportive of their children who may be struggling with mental health issues, parents aren’t the cure-all for these issues. It’s important to remember, as a parent, it’s not your fault that your child may be struggling with these issues. But, there are some things you can do such as reaching out for professional help.
Yellowbrick offers mental health help for adolescents who are entering adulthood, as this period of time is specifically difficult for young people living with mental health issues. We offer treatment services and therapy so that young people can learn to manage their mental health issues and live out their lives with mental wellbeing. Find out more about our programs for emerging adults on our website.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.