Having a chat about difficult feelings with your child isn’t always easy. Children (like adults!) can sometimes shut off if the talk feels too formal or scripted. Keeping engaged and communicating with your child is really important when they are struggling. Making time to talk and listen is probably the most important thing you can do. Find out more about starting conversations by visiting the Heads Together #okaytosay webpage.
You don’t need to have all the answers straight away. It might help to search the pages of The Go To for help and advice. In North Yorkshire there is lots on offer to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing. Visit the Getting the Support You Need page to find out more about local support services or visit the Coping with Common Issues page to find out more about specific problems and what might help.
When your child is unhappy or not coping it may be hard for you too. Make sure you take some time to look after yourself. The Go To’s top tips on feeling good might be useful for you too. Young Minds have produced a Parents Survival Guide which may also be useful to help you look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
Does your child need extra support?
If your child has a special educational need or disability (also referred to as SEND) you will find a wide range of information on North Yorkshire County Council SEND Local Offer page.
The SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) provides free and impartial information, advice and support for children, young people and young adults (up to 25 years old) with special educational needs and/or disabilities as well as their parents or carers.