have THAT talk

How to "have THAT talk" about mental health with your youth

By: Jason Haug, Program and Project Management Officer, Ottawa Public Health 

There's a lot of pressure facing youth. They are going through puberty while trying to find out who they are and where they fit in. As a parent, you will most likely have questions about your youth's mental health, such as:

  • How do I know if my youth is in good mental health?
  • When should I be concerned about my youth's mental health?
  • How do I start talking about mental health with my youth?
  • What should I look for if I think my youth is depressed?

Ottawa Public Health launched a series of videos called "have THAT talk" to help parents with some of the many questions you may have about your youth's mental health. In Ontario, 1 in every 5 children experience a mental health problem. Some common concerns youth experience can include anxiety , depression , trauma , and self harm behaviours . For many parents, bringing up the topic of mental health might be uncomfortable at first. These videos are here to help you:

  • Identify a possible mental health problem
  • Learn how to bring up the topic of mental health in a safe way
  • Relate to case study examples that might be applicable to your youth
  • Teach your youth about resiliency and coping skills

Here's a sample of one of the questions featured in the series:

In addition to the videos, make sure you check out our youth mental health section.

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