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For Parents

It is important to remember that all young people will experience a range of different emotions. Find out more below;

It is normal for young people to be moody, people will feel down from time to time, teenagers will be lazy and inactive sometimes, it is a natural part of growing up. It is normal to feel this way every now and then.

If your child or person that you care for is showing any of these signs, remember, there is always something that can be done,

"There is always a way."

Your GP is a good first port of call and if necessary will be able to refer you to further help.

If your child, or the person you care for does confide in you with an issue, remember that it is important to listen non-judgementally, give them your full attention and try not to belittle their problems.

Something that may seem trivial to you, may be the most important thing in someone else's life at that particular time. Avoid clichés like 'what do you have to worry about', 'it could be worse' or in the event of a break up, 'you are just young, there are plenty more fish in the sea'. Always bear in mind this may be the first time this young person has opened up to someone about his or her problems so how you react and respond is crucial.

It is important to remember to keep the young person at the centre of all discussions around their mental health. Co-operation and making the young person feel like an equal is similarly important, and although services are often centred around the young person, not the parent or carer, you need to remember to look after yourself both physically and mentally so you can deliver the best possible support.