09-12-2023 09:58 AM
Coming up on 14th September is R U OK? Day, a day which you may have heard about before. This day focuses on opening up genuine conversations about difficult issues, and can be a great springboard for talking to your teen about their wellbeing. By facilitating a discussion, you can check up on them when they may find it difficult to speak up first. You also show them that you’re a safe place to go when they need help.
When asking your teen if they’re OK, here’s some tips:
You can learn more about R U OK Day on their website.
ReachOut has a range of articles on how to communicate with your teen.
There may also be instances where your teen asks ‘R U OK’ to you, or you need to let them know that you’re not doing well. We have an article here on How to talk to your teen about your mental health difficulties which gives suggestions on how to have this conversation.
Our forums are a safe space to come if you are not feeling OK and want to talk about your concerns for your teen. Headspace Family offers support for parents and carers of young people through online, phone or group chat support with a trained clinician. Each state also offers a Parentline which provides free telephone counselling support for parents. If you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, Beyond Blue offers brief call or online counselling sessions.
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