Mental Health Resources
Text/Call 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Did you know that your Program Manager can connect you with learning opportunities to help you build your skillset in navigating mental health in youth? Reach out to them now and they will gladly support you with next steps.
How to Support Someone Struggling with Mental Health
- Regularly check-in and actively listen when they share
- Encourage open conversation about how they are feeling
- Remind them that mental health hardships are common and okay, and that you are there to be both a support and advocate for their well-being
Ways to Encourage Emotional Well-Being
Remember, your child/Little looks up to you. It’s important to role model healthy coping skills and help them with practicing those skills.
- Talk with a trusted friend/family member
- Try to surround yourself with people who lift you up and distance yourself from those who do the opposite
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule, when possible, drink plenty of water, and enjoy healthy foods
- Try doing a physical activity (go for a walk, yoga, stretch, swim, etc.)
Potential Conversation Starters
Not sure how to start talking about mental health? That’s okay! Try asking your child/Little these questions and see where the conversation goes.
- Who made you laugh today?
- Who did you play with today?
- Is there someone you want to be friends with but aren’t yet?
- Who makes you feel good when you spend time with them?
- Who makes you feel sad when you spend time with them?
- What made you feel happy/sad today?
- What is something you did today that made you feel proud of yourself?
Supporting others navigating mental health needs can have an impact. Be sure to take space to process and honor your needs as well.
It’s okay to not be okay. We are all human and just as it is important to take care of our physical well-being, it’s equally important to take care of our mental and emotional well-being too.
Always remember… YOU ARE NOT ALONE! ♥