“My teenager’s mental health is a real struggle right now. What can I do?” We’ve heard some version of that question many times over the years. The best thing you can do, of course, is to reach out to a professional. Should you have concerns about your child’s mental health, we can provide a free evaluation. In a safe, judgment-free zone, we’ll talk to your teen and see if we can be in a position to help them (and you, too).
Building an Environment Free of Judgement
Speaking of a “safe, judgment-free zone,” that’s something that you’re going to want to develop in your own home. It can be a challenge. We’re certainly not saying that you should be OK with your child’s grades slipping, their behaviour not being what you would expect from them, and so forth. But it does mean that you want to do everything you can to always be empathetic, to let them know when they’re with you and in your home, they can say what they’re really feeling because you love them no matter what. A tip here: for the most part, listen more than you talk.
Always Set an Example
When you’re in an argument with your teen, it can feel like they aren’t really listening to you, that they don’t look to you for guidance, how to live, and so forth. However, that’s really not the case. Your teen does. Of course, (and this is important to keep in mind) they’re much more aware of what you’re doing, the actions you’re taking, versus the words you’re merely saying. So, if you have problems with your mental health, with depression, anxiety, and the like, then you’re going to want to get help, too. That can only help your entire family.
Reaching Out to Those that Can Help
“Mental health” is just that – health. Just as your teen’s physical health is important, so too is their mental health. We’ve found that teens respond best when they’re in an environment where they’re surrounded by other teens, and people their age. When they feel safe in an environment, then and only then can they open up, expressing their emotional pain and all that they’re dealing with. That’s why it’s so important to reach out to a community that knows how to treat the mental health issues of teenagers.
A Place to Improve Teenagers’ Mental Health
Insight Treatment, no matter which is closest to you, has been designed to be a fun and creative clubhouse environment. Here, teens can receive treatment for all of their mental health challenges, yes. But, they can also play games with other teens, they can relax and kick back, and build the kinds of positive relationships with peers that may be a struggle elsewhere. To see how we can help, schedule a free evaluation through our site or by calling us at (888) 295-9995.