Right now is a crucial time to check in on the mental health of the young people in our lives. It’s important for young people to hear that anxiety, stress, and negative emotions are completely normal — particularly in times of crisis. They also need to hear that there’s always hope. In fact, just one positive, nurturing relationship with an adult can help kids fight the effects of trauma.1
So if there’s a child or teen in your life, now’s the time to start a conversation. It doesn’t matter if that conversation is in person, by text, or over video. What matters is that you’re making yourself available.
“More and more teens are aware of mental health as a real issue they face in their daily lives,” says Michael Torres, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness Center in San Leandro, California. “It’s vital that all of us who support young people are equipped to talk about mental health issues.”
Are you ready to talk about mental health with a child or teen in your life? You can start making a difference in a young person’s mental health in 3 key ways: Take care. Talk often. Act early.