The physical stresses of puberty and the emotional turbulence of adolescence can leave some teenagers at risk for developing mental health problems.
- As with all areas of parenting, the key to identifying mental health concerns is to stay involved in your teen’s life. Talk with and listen to your teen. Ask about their day, their work, and their friends.
- Be aware of patterns and changes in your teen’s regular routines, moods, behaviour, and sleeping and eating habits.
- If you are concerned about your teen’s mental health, talk to him about specific things you’ve noticed. There may or may not be logical explanations for his behaviour. If you are still concerned, suggest he see a doctor for a checkup.
- If your child is diagnosed with depression, an eating disorder, attention deficit disorder, or any other illness, you do not have to deal with it on your own. There are many community resources dedicated to helping teens and their families deal with mental illnesses. Visit Island Health's Child, Youth and Family Mental Health page.
- If you suspect your teen is suicidal, get medical help immediately.