5 tips for talking about your mental health

Bullying can have a big impact on your mental health. Talking about how you’re feeling can be overwhelming or scary, but you don’t have to cope on your own. Here’s 5 ways to get the conversation started.

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1. What do you want to happen?

You may need to talk to someone to help you understand how you’re feeling, or you might want someone to give you some practical help. Have a think about this and who would be the best person to speak to.

2. Choose someone you feel safe and comfortable with.

This might be a parent, or another adult you trust, such as another relative, a teacher, or a friend’s parents. If you’re not sure who to reach out to, you can always chat to us on 0808 800 2222 and we can talk it through with you.

3. Think about what you want to say beforehand. 

Would it be helpful to write a few things down? Or maybe you can draw something which might help you understand your feelings a little more. If you think about what you want to say beforehand, then you might feel more confident and prepared. Or maybe you just want to blurt it out, and that’s okay, too. And if you find talking too tough, why not try writing a letter, or sending a WhatsApp, Snapchat or email?

4. Pick the right time and place.

You might not want to start a conversation when someone’s distracted, such as cooking dinner. But sometimes talking to someone when they’re a bit distracted might be helpful if you’re feeling
nervous- for example if you’re watching TV together.

5. Keep trying. 

You deserve help and support- if you weren’t able to have a conversation about how you’re feeling the first time, keep trying. You’ll get there.

Hear the stories of other young people who've opened up about their mental health from Mind's #inourownwords campaign.

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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