All children and young people experience anxiety, confusion, distress and anger. Simply living in a family and having friendships are emotional matters. It's important to remember that experiencing stress or frustration, at ordinary levels, are just as important as achievement and satisfaction. This is why you should be careful when labelling young people with “mental illness” diagnoses when it may just be part of the normal growing up process.
The good news is that most young people overcome these challenges with the support of family, friends, and professionals. This is through having honest conversations and by developing positive wellbeing, self-regard and coping strategies.
If you do become concerned about a young person’s emotional wellbeing, here is some helpful guidance on emotional coaching and listening skills for opening up the conversation.
Here are some useful contacts and websites for further general information, support and guidance: