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They don't listen

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What do I do when I open to to my parents about my mental health but they don’t listen?


Hey there, it’s great you got in touch with us!
It takes a lot of courage to open up about your mental health, and we’re really proud of you for reaching out. It’s tough when the people we trust the most don’t seem to hear us. You might feel frustrated, hurt, or even angry, and those feelings are completely valid.
Firstly, know that you’re not alone in this. Many young adults face similar challenges when trying to talk to their parents about their mental health. It’s essential to remember that sometimes parents might not fully understand or know how to respond, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care about you.
One approach could be to try expressing yourself in different ways. Maybe writing a letter or finding a quiet moment to talk one-on-one could help get your message across. It’s also ok to seek support from other trusted adults, like a teacher, school counsellor, or another family member who may be more receptive.
Everyone has the right to access medical help, especially when it comes to mental health concerns. If you’re struggling with your mental health, your GP  (doctor) can refer you to specialist services like Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). CAMHS professionals are trained to help young people with a wide range of mental health issues, offering assessment, therapy, and support tailored to your needs.
Other organisations which support people experiencing mental health conditions are and This article may be helpful with teaching you some breathing and relaxation exercises
Remember to take care of yourself and prioritise your well-being. Your feelings matter, and seeking help is a courageous step towards healing.
Always remember, you can reach out to us at Childline anytime. We’re here to listen, support you, and explore your options, no matter what you’re going through. The team are here 24-hours a day, every day. Any reason, any time at
Well done for getting in contact. Don’t stop reaching out until you get the support you deserve!

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