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 Parents Balance Holding Kids to Appropriate Expectations without Causing Undue Stress?

Marty Beirne, LPC
Linden Oaks Out Patient
1335 North Mill Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Setting and holding realistically attainable expectations for our teens is imperative in helping them reach the stage of self-actualization, when they truly become their own, unique, self-reliant and confident individual. Complementing this with co-curricular activities, such as music, athletics, service, and club activities additionally serves to increase the likelihood for success. Yet as all of this progress and growth are taking place, we need to balance that with time for self-care, rejuvenation and relaxation. The potential for an increased presence of depressive thinking or high anxiety is created when a diligent effort to ward off over scheduling is balanced with responsible downtime.