Kyabram Free Press

Is your teen coping?

- By Caitlyn Grant

You might think it would be simple to know how your child is going; you see them 24/7, ferry them around like a personal chauffeur and they grunt three words at you and call it a day.

You know them like the back of your hand, right?

When it comes to teenagers, in particular, it’s easy to dismiss emotions as a phase or raging hormones taking control, but there are distinct signs that can tell you otherwise.

A slamming door here and there? Fine, we can probably just put that one down to teenage behaviour. But when they become easily upset, angry or emotional with the people they care about, or become withdrawn from family and friends or even the activities they usually love, it’s time to consider whether further support may be needed.

It’s the little things that can add up.

If something doesn’t feel quite right, trust your instincts and give them the time to have a meaningful conversati­on. Give them a nudge, a bowl of ice-cream and do the hard yards — ask, R U OK?

Those three words could make all the difference in the world, or, at the very least, start your child on the journey towards the support they need.

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Young people are encouraged to seek mental health support if they need it.
Help is available: Young people are encouraged to seek mental health support if they need it.

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