The world's a lot for teenagers right now. Exam results, developing identities, raging hormones, a global pandemic, bullying, social media comparison, climate anxiety, family issues, and the list goes on.
Almost half of young people struggle with anxiety and recently more than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record.
Connecting with each other through conversations can ease stress and reduce anxiety. And although it can feel difficult and awkward to open up and discuss some of these issues, it’s important to keep trying - because it can take time to break through.
So let’s all take a moment and reach out to the teenagers in our lives to show them we’re here.
Britain Get Talking - keep making time to break through.
Here are 3 simple tips from the experts to help you connect with the young person in your life:
Teenagers are more likely to open up if your conversation isn’t the main focus. Shared activities, like going for a walk or cooking together at home, create a more relaxed environment. Putting them at ease means they’ll feel more comfortable talking.
Reassure them that you're there for them and they can talk to you whenever they need to, Be ready to listen to what they say, and try not to assume that you already know what’s wrong or what will help.
Don’t force it if they don't want to talk right now. Wait until they’re ready and suggest a way for them to let you know, like leaving a note or texting. Pointing them towards helplines, textlines and online chat services can help them feel supported until they’re ready to talk to you.
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