How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

By Molly Stackhouse

Mental health is an important part of overall well-being. Just like physical health, mental health can be affected by many things, such as stress, trauma, and genetics. If you are concerned about your child's mental health, it is important to talk to them about it.

Here are some tips on how to talk to your child about mental health:

Start by creating a safe space. Let your child know that you are there to listen and that they can talk to you about anything. Make sure they feel comfortable talking to you, even if it is about difficult things.

Use age-appropriate language. Tailor your language to your child's age and understanding. For example, if you are talking to a young child, you might use simpler language and avoid using medical terms.

Be honest and open. Be honest with your child about what mental health is and why it is important. Let them know that it is okay to feel sad, angry, or scared sometimes.

Normalize mental health challenges. Let your child know that everyone experiences mental health challenges at some point in their lives. This will help them to feel less alone and more comfortable talking to you about their own challenges.

Be patient and understanding. It may take some time for your child to open up to you about their mental health. Be patient and understanding, and let them know that you are there for them.

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help your child to understand their mental health challenges and develop coping skills.

If you are interested in learning more about mental health services in Southern Maryland, schedule an appointment with Southern Maryland Mental Health and consult with one of our clinicians today!

Molly Stackhouse is a therapist located in Calvert County, Maryland.  She owns a private practice located in Southern Maryland where she specializes in working with adolescents adults who experience panic attacks. Additionally, she has a strong understanding of the different types of trauma and the different ways that people respond to trauma. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and brainspotting. Additionally, she is a nationally certified school psychologist. If you are interested in services, use the link here

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