It’s important to talk to a trusted adult about your mental health, but we understand it’s not always easy. Here are a few steps to help you start the conversation:
Plan out what you want to share. The more you can share, the better understanding your parent can have about what you’re going through, and the better they can help you.
Pick a time that works for you—ideally when you’re not feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Let your parent know what you want out of the conversation (e.g., “I’d like you to just listen. I’m not looking for advice right now.”)
Reach out to your coach, therapist, or psychiatrist for personalized support for how to approach the conversation.
If you have safety concerns that are preventing you from talking to your parent, please tell a member of your care team or other trusted adult.
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