How to promote #mentalhealthawareness in adolescents
1. Parents -let your child know you are proud of them. A #study showed that 12 – 13 yr olds were nearly 5x more likely to have suicidal thoughts when parents never/rarely told them that they were proud of them.
2. Practice Self compassion
In my own research with young people, I found that the biggest predictor of suicidal ideation was a feeling that they were unworthy of love. Change this mindset by daily listing positive attributes about yourself.
Interview on @RiverCityLive