Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

How Can I Get My Teenager to Talk with Me When He’s Stressed?

Diane Overgard
Professional Coach & Certified Family Life Educator
45 Degrees Coaching
1717 N Naper Blvd
Naperville, IL 60563

Getting teenagers to talk with their parents can be challenging. Here are two tips:
1- Be together with your teenager with the intention of NOT TALKING. Spend an afternoon with your teen looking at cars, getting a pedicure, or sitting near him while he plays a video game – but not attempting to initiate conversation. After a time you might hear your teen say something like, “I hate my math teacher.” That is your trigger for tip number two.

2- When you hear a comment like that, don’t deliver a lecture about respecting authority. Instead, just listen. Listening does not mean agreeing. Say, “Wow,” or “Do you want to say more about that?”

Open communication is not about what we cover in a lecture. It’s more about what we uncover in our kids.
If you want your teenager to talk with you, become an excellent listener.

For parent coaching on communicating with teenagers, and other family related concerns, please contact me.