10 Tips For Talking To Your Parents About Your Mental Health

    It's hard, but it'll be worth it.

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    This week's question: How do I talk to my parents about tricky mental health stuff?

    1. First, remember: You don't need your parents to understand exactly what you're going through. You just need them to know you're struggling so you can get the help you need.

    2. You can help reduce the anxiety of the conversation by planning out what you're going to say.

    3. Think about the different ways this conversation could go so you don't get derailed by their reaction.

    4. Once you're ready to have the conversation, choose a time that's good for both you and your parents.

    5. It might help to ease into the conversation by asking your parents about their experiences.

    6. You don't have to discuss it in person — writing them a letter, email, or even texting them is possible, too.

    7. A school counselor can help pass the message onto your parents if you don't want to have the conversation by yourself.

    8. Another option is to find an excuse to see your pediatrician so they can have the conversation with your parents instead.

    9. Once it's all out in the open, make sure to hold your parents accountable for getting you help — because they might put it off.

    10. In the meantime, definitely take advantage of other resources available to you if you need them.

    Good luck! You can do this.