Has your teen recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue? If so, you may be wondering what is the best way to support your teen at this time. Here is some advice on helping your teen cope with a mental illness.
First, you should immediately take your teen to a psychotherapist for professional help.
“Take it very seriously. Seek the help of a professional to guide you and your child to get the help they need.” said, Safraz Khan, a primary therapist at Inspirations For Youth and Families.
Teens who have an undiagnosed mental illness, and therefore go untreated, are more likely to drop out of school, abuse substances or commit suicide. This is why it’s important for you to be able to spot the symptoms and act immediately.
Watch Primary Therapist Safraz Share What Parents Can Do To Help Their Teen’s With Mental Health Issues
Secondly, create an environment where they can come to you about the problems they are facing. However, if your teen doesn’t talk to you about their problems don’t take that as a sign that everything is fine. Don’t let denial set in and your child’s mental health decline. Neglecting your child’s mental health can lead them to self-medicate,
Next, get your teen into a program such as, Inspirations For Youth and Families, that can help them overcome both their mental health issue and addiction. Your teen should be able to point out the cause of their mental illness and learn healthier ways to cope.
“Inspirations immediately cuts the addiction cycle, the teen that comes into treatment is immediately given a safe environment to learn the coping skills needed and to identify why they’re ill,” Khan said.
After getting your teen in an effective treatment program, you should educate yourself on mental health issues. This will allow you to relate to your teen and give them the emotional support they need.
Inspirations offer family therapy sessions that teach and provide parents with information on how to assist their teens. Also, there are other local parent support groups that you may also find helpful.
“If you as a parent or family member is equipped to deal with the understanding that knowledge is power, it will help you do the things that are needed in your child’s life to get them the help that they need,” Khan said.
Lastly, continue to stay positive. Dealing with a teen who has mental health issues isn’t easy and can be stressful. But as a parent, you play a huge part in your teen’s recovery. Be a parent who is understanding of your teen’s emotions and it will make a difference..