Why Talk To A Professional

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Ways To Communicate With My Parents or Guardian

When you’re dealing with mental health issues like ongoing sadness or anxiety, it’s really important to talk to your mom, dad, or guardian about it and let them know you need some help.

Starting this conversation might seem tough because it’s not like talking about everyday stuff. You might feel unsure or nervous about sharing your personal and emotional stuff. So, how can you go about it?

Plan What You Want to Say
Think about how you can explain what you’re going through. Giving examples of how you feel can make it easier for your parents to understand. It might help to jot down some notes before you talk. You could also tell them ahead of time that you want to talk about something important and that you’re feeling anxious about it, but you hope they’ll understand and help you find a solution.

Find a Quiet Place
Look for a time and place where you can have some privacy away from other family members or distractions. Choose a calm spot where you can talk openly. Ask everyone, including your parents, to put their phones away so you can talk without interruptions.

Be Clear and Detailed
Try to be as clear and specific as you can about what you’re going through. Encourage your parents to ask questions if they’re not sure. If you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, it’s okay to take a moment to calm down by taking deep breaths. Try to keep your emotions in check so they don’t get in the way of explaining what’s happening. Most importantly, don’t give up on the conversation. The more you can describe your situation, the better they can help you.

Talk About What to Do Next
It’s totally fine if you don’t have a plan for what comes after this talk. You can ask if they have any suggestions or if you could look up information online together to better understand your situation and find ways to get help.

Keep the Conversation Going
After you’ve made a plan and started taking steps to feel better, it’s important to keep talking. Keeping an open and honest line of communication with your parents is crucial. This way, they can understand if you need more support or help, like talking to the family doctor or pediatrician for advice.

If Your Parents Aren’t Supportive
Sometimes, even if you explain your situation, your parents might not understand or be willing to help. This can happen, especially if they’ve never dealt with mental health issues or aren’t familiar with them. They might:

  • Feel guilty or blame themselves for your condition.
  • Worry about the cost of professional help.
  • Have a hard time trusting mental health professionals.
  • Believe that you can handle emotional or mental health problems privately or through personal efforts or prayer, without professional treatment.

Explain Your Efforts
If your parents are hesitant about getting you professional mental health care, you can tell them that you’ve been trying to cope on your own but are still having a tough time. Ask if they’d consider getting extra help in addition to your self-care.

Suggest Affordable Options
Finding affordable mental health care can be tricky, which might make your parents worry about costs or finding the right doctors or therapists. You can suggest talking to your school counselor, pediatrician, or faith leader, who might know about local resources.

Talk to Someone Else
If talking to your parents doesn’t work, reach out to someone else in your family or community who can help advocate for you or talk to your parents on your behalf. It could be an older sibling, grandparent, uncle, aunt, close family friend, or a faith leader who understands.

If you can’t find help within your family or community, check if your school offers counseling services or has a social worker. You can meet with them privately for advice and guidance. They might even help mediate discussions with your family to clear up misunderstandings.

If all else fails, don’t give up. You can use your phone or computer to connect with free and confidential text-based support services like the Crisis Text Line. They can guide you through the available options.