For friends & family

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.

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how to support a family member

When someone in your family has a mental health problem

keeping healthy over the holidays - for friends and family

For some young people, this time of year can be challenging. This is particularly so for people who are experiencing isolation, loneliness and mental health issues, as we are bombarded with messages of family celebrations, gifts and holidays.

7 ways to support a young person’s healthy headspace

Just like physical fitness, mental fitness requires regular effort. This can be challenging to maintain. There are many things that family and friends can do to help a young person look after their mental health.

understanding adolescence

Parenting the adolescent you now see before you will be different to how you parented them as a young child. Understanding this stage of life can offer insight on how to adapt, parent effectively and connect with your changing young person.
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Understanding gaming: a guide for family and friends

Games are an integral part of human behaviour. It is normal and healthy for young people to engage in play as a part of their daily lives, including playing games online.

An overview of mental health for family and friends

The journey from childhood to adulthood is full of physical, social, emotional and behavioural changes. With so much happening, it can be difficult to know the difference between normal behaviour such as occasional moodiness and irritability, and an emerg

how to start the conversation about mental health

A lot of things go unsaid between young people and their parents, especially when it comes to mental health. Our Fathers Campaign aims to open up conversations between parents and young people.
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When and how to set boundaries?

When your relationship with your young person is struggling and you’re also worried about their behaviour and/or mental health, what’s the best way to handle things? Many adults supporting young people struggle when the situation is complex and the usual approaches don’t seem to be working. Often other adults are telling you it’s time for ‘tough love’ but you’re not sure.