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My Child/Teen

Supporting our child

Childhood and teenage years are critical periods for our child to develop important skills to thrive and form healthy relationships with others. As parents or caregivers, we want to support their mental health, just as we would for their physical health. This can help them develop resilience and grow to become well-rounded adults.

Supporting children's mental health and providing emotional support to children and teens

Tips on supporting our child

Children have different ways of communicating at different stages. When checking in withthem, it can be helpful to communicate in a manner that is appropriate for their age.

Here are some tips on how to do so:

Be patient and attentive

Advice for parents of teenagers and younger children dealing with mental wellbeing and mental health issues

Try taking the time to listen to their feelings, thoughts and needs before offering solutions.

When we do that, it helps our child to know that they are heard and understood, encouraging them to be more open in sharing their problems in future.

Be mindful of how we communicate

Be mindful of how we communicate

The way we communicate can affect our child’s willingness to open up to us. When interacting with them, it can help to be mindful of our tonality and communicate in a way that is appropriate for their age.

At this stage, they are still developing their language skills.

What we can do:
  • We can encourage them to share their feelings through storytelling. For instance, we can create a fictional character using soft toys and ask them to describe how the soft toy is feeling. Our child’s response can be a representation of their actual thoughts and feelings.
  • We can also observe their body language and facial cues by seeing if they respond to a certain question by frowning, smiling, nodding or shaking their heads.

What we can do:
  • Avoid open-ended questions that could make them feel flustered. For example, if we sense our child feeling down after school, rather than asking “How was your day today?”, we could ask them “Did you have a fun day today?”.
  • Speak slowly and clearly so that our child can understand us.
  • Avoid speaking loudly as our child might interpret a loud tone as anger directed towards them.

At this stage, they may become more self-conscious and worried about what others might think of them.

What we can do:
  • Give them the space and time to express what is on their mind.
  • Lend a listening ear whenever they are ready to share.

What we can do:
  • Maintain a gentle and calm tone when speaking to them to show that we are receptive to what they are sharing.
  • Equip ourselves with tips on how to better support our teen’s emotional health.

Different mental health challenges

Like all of us, our child may experience life changes that can affect their mental health and well-being. As a parent, we can learn about some of the mental health challenges they may face so that we can better support them.

Self-care matters

Taking care of our child while juggling our own life demands can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. Ultimately, the lack of self-care will make it more challenging for us to care for our child.

Practising and prioritising self-care will allow us to recharge and put us in a better state to provide our child with the support they need. Take a look at some tips on managing stress and emotions to keep ourselves healthy.

Self-care matters when helping others with their mental wellbeing or providing emotional support to others

Mental health services

Belle, Beyond the Label helpbot, is an interactive platform for users to find mental health resources and services in a private and convenient manner. If you or anyone you know is overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, you may find the help you need via Belle.

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You may also visit here for more mental health resources or download the list of community mental health services including your nearest GP here.

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