When you are struggling with your mental health it can be an overwhelming task working out where the best place for you to access help may be. Here at Shine, we want to make this a little easier for you by not only providing you with a searchable directory but also a list of useful support numbers.
As a parent of a young person who is struggling with their mental health your natural instinct is often to try and fix the problem and how they are feeling. While this is coming from a place of good intention it is often not the best thing to do.
Instead, try to approach it calmly and allow them a safe space to discuss how they are feeling and the issues they are facing. By allowing them that space and listening non-judgmentally you are allowing them to talk through what they are feeling while showing them you are supporting them and that they are not alone. You can then support them to work out what type of support is best for them and where they can access it.
As a young person, facing mental health challenges can be daunting and isolating. You may feel that you are unable to talk to those closest to you, if you feel like this there are different places you can go to for support.