You may feel worried or unsure about starting the conversation, but it is important to speak to your child about their mental health and wellbeing. Many children will feel more comfortable talking to friends or family before speaking to a health professional. It is incredibly important to check in on your child’s mental health, even if they don’t necessarily seem like they are experiencing a crisis. The support you can offer to open the conversation is invaluable.
You can explore some helpful conversation tips and prompts below.
However, if someone you care for is feeling extremely distressed and you’re worried that they might not be able to keep themselves safe, then you should call your local NHS mental health helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calling your local NHS 24/7 urgent mental health support line, which is supported by trained mental health advisors and clinicians, will help make an assessment to help decide on the best course of care. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.