10 practical tips for parents, from parents
From parents who have gone through it
- Above all, accept and try to understand your child’s difficulties – educate yourself as much as possible about your child’s mental health challenges.
- Be kind to yourself. If you don’t look after yourself first, you won’t be able to look after your child.
- Ask for and accept help from professionals, family members or support groups – you don’t have to do this alone.
- Until your child has the right help and support in place, remember that many of their everyday behaviours may be driven by their mental health needs.
- There is no one right answer. It takes time to work out the best support and interventions that will work for your family. Be patient.
- Find simple little things to help you cope - meet a friend for a coffee, play a sport you love, go for a walk. Giving yourself permission to take time out for yourself will help you care for your child.
- Forgive yourself if you say or do the wrong thing. You will be learning alongside your child and doing the best that you can.
- There are times when you need to trust your instinct – remember that you know your child better than anyone and that you are a crucial part of their support team.
- It’s okay to feel however you feel - sad, angry, upset, numb. Go with it, but if the negative feelings last for too long, get help.
- Hold on to hope, no matter how difficult things seem. Just being there, listening and offering hope is the most important thing you can do.
Asking for help (young person)
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