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Telling parents about mental health issues

Your Question

How am I supposed to explain to my mother about my mental health issues? 

Answer

Hi there,
 
Welcome to Ask Alex. Thank you for reaching out with your question.
 
Mental health can vary from person to person. It’s important to talk to someone we trust about our mental well-being and emotions. If you feel you have issues with your mental, you have the right to get medical support. These professionals can diagnosis if you have any mental health conditions, which means you can then get the correct support you need an deserve.
 
Regarding explaining your mental health to your mother, take some time to ask yourself what is going on right now with your mental health and think about the words you would use to explain it to her. Sometimes, rehearsing what we want to say beforehand can help us feel more prepared. Pick a calm and private setting to have this conversation with your mother. Timing can be crucial, so it’s best to choose a moment when you both are relaxed and free from distractions. Express your emotions and experiences openly but calmly. Use “I” statements to avoid sounding accusatory or defensive.
 
There are lots of articles on the Childline website around mental health conditions, which you may find helpful www.childline.ie/how-i-feel/. There are also organisations  which support young people with mental health issues like jigsaw.ie/ and www2.hse.ie/mental-health/services-support/camhs/introduction/?s.
 
Remember, you do not have to go through this alone. Childline is here to support you, and we won’t judge anything you share. Our services are available 24/7 through our website’s messaging service Live Chat at www.childline.ie or by phoning us for free at 1800 66 66 66. You can get in touch with us to explore how you can approach the conversation with your mother, if you feel that would help you.
 
Take care of yourself, and know that you are not alone,
Alex

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