How to Talk to Teenagers about Mental Health | Comment parler santé mentale avec les adolescents

How to Talk to Teenagers about Mental Health | Comment parler santé mentale avec les adolescents



Dr. Ian Manion: How to talk to teenagers about mental health | Dr. Ian Manion: Comment parler santé mentale avec les adolescents |

About 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. That’s why early identification and intervention is so critical and can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.

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Environ 70 % des troubles de santé mentale commencent pendant l’enfance ou l’adolescence. C’est pourquoi un dépistage et une intervention précoces sont si essentiels et peuvent permettre d’améliorer les résultats sur le plan de la scolarité et de la santé au cours de la vie.

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[BOARD: Dr. Ian Manion – Executive Director, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health] The parents often ask us, how do talk to our
young people, to our adolescents when we are concerned. They don't really want to talk
to us. One thing that I remind them is, first of
all, they should be encouraging their son or daughter to talk to somebody even if it's
not themselves. Someone they trust. It could be a friend. It could be an adult that they
have a good relationship and rapport with. So parents shouldn't resist having their
child talk to somebody else. But when it's their opportunity to talk,
they have to create space for that to happen. They should make sure that they are talking
themselves no more than half of the time. Even if its takes time for that young person
to fill that quiet spot. When a parent talks all the time, there is no room for an adolescent
to speak. In responding, it's showing concern and interest, not advice, not lectures, really
saying there might be some concern where the parent and young person can go find out what
might be needed together. It's not uncommon these days to open the
newspaper or to watch the news or even get a bit of information on social media about
yet another tragedy involving a young person in one of our communities. It's scary for
a parent when you think that your child might also be at risk. Similarly, I think our young
people are bombarded with messages about other young people suffering or perhaps coping with
less than healthy ways. I think its okay for parents to say that they are concerned when
they hear this kind of information. They worry about their young person. They might trust
their judgement and their ability to make decisions, but I just want to remind their
child, their son or daughter, that as a parent they're still there. No matter what. That
leaves the door open for future communication should an issue arise. Some parents found
it useful to even ask their son or daughter their opinion about what they recently seen
in the news. Or their friends talking about this regard. Again that can open a conversation
on a whole myriad of issues that would be of interest to both parents and young people. [BOARD: Ontario logo. Ontario.ca/yourmentalhealth]

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