Worried about my teen son
10-15-2019 11:27 AM
He has gotten really upset about this and cried numerous times. He says " I am lonely"..."I have nothing to do and no where to go"...
We try to encourage him to make new friends and try to support and give ideas, but it seems he is not able to move forward. He still wants his previous pals.
He just started therapy. But I still feel so helpless.
Re: Worried about my teen son
10-16-2019 02:17 PM
Hi @Alohamom and welcome to the ReachOut Parents Community!
Thank you for making your first post to share what is happening in your family at the moment. It sounds like your son is a bright, intelligent and creative boy, and I can hear how you concerned you are for him
Making friends can be really tough as a teen starting high school. It is a really dynamic time where students new to the school are finding their feet and understanding who they gel with. You've mentioned that a lot of your son's friends went to a different school for higher education, does he still have contact with these friends?
I can imagine this is so hard for you to hold right now; no parent wants their child to feel sad and lonely at school. Have there been any conversations with the school about this? I am hearing that your son has started seeking professional support, and this could be a really helpful step to upskill him and build his confidence around making friends. How is he finding the therapy so far?
ReachOut are about to post another question and answer tomorrow for our Ask a Child and Family Professional activity that relates to helping teens make friends. If you check out this section of the forums tomorrow evening, I hope the answers from our professionals might give you some ideas and support too
Check out our community activities calendar for October 2019 here