Posted: 04 February 2020

Talking mental health: you don't need to be an expert

Our latest Good Childhood Report found that almost a quarter of a million 10-15 year olds in the UK are unhappy with their lives. It's never been more important to talk to and listen to young people so we can help them overcome the challenges of modern childhood. 

We caught up with Clare, a Youth Worker at Pause, to give us her top tips for talking to a young person about mental health.

Tips for talking to a young person about mental health

You don’t have to be an expert in mental health to support and talk to a young person about their mental health. The young person is the expert of their own mental health so let them educate you on how they feel.

'You don't have to be an expert in mental health to support and talk to a young person'

Don’t put pressure on yourself to know all the answers and responses, but see a conversation as a joint effort between you and the young person to explore how they are feeling and consider things that might help them feel better.

You don't need to know everything about mental health, by simply listening, staying calm and helping them think through the difficulties, you can make a difference to a young person who needs it.

As well as being there to support young people, we must also demand those in power listen to what young people are saying so they can make the changes needed.

We're calling on the Government to introduce a national well-being measure to help understand the issues young people face so they can take action and change things for the next decade. 


By Clare Rowland

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