How can parents support positive mental health?

Parents can help support positive mental health by forming strong and caring relationships with their children.

  • Connect – talk and listen to their feelings and experiences.

  • Be active together – take a walk and build physical activity into family time.

  • Take notice – encourage and praise the positive behaviours and choices your children make.

  • Keep learning – encourage your child to learn from both positive and negative experiences.

  • Give – your time, your words, your presence.

Sometimes, parents feel like they don’t know what to say or how to interact with their youth. The Family Smart illustrated guide has been developed by youth for the adults in their lives to help guide successful conversations.

Jeff Hollyoake