How to Start a Conversation with Children about Mental Health


It can feel difficult to start a conversation with children about mental health. This may be because you don’t feel quipped with the information you may need, or lack confidence about how you even open up the conversation. Adults can also be concerned that they might not have the answers to children’s questions or that they might say something wrong. This webpage from the Mentally Healthy Schools website contains information about why you should talk to children about mental health, what schools can do, starting a conversation, what to do in the classroom, what to do with a child and some ways we can start a conversation with a child.


This is an amazing webpage for teachers and educational professionals who might want more information on how to have conversations about mental health with a child.

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Some of the topics discussed in the linked resources are challenging, and potentially upsetting. If you are a young person experiencing mental health difficulties or other issues highlighted by the resources, please seek the support of a trusted adult. If you need immediate help, please visit this page for information on what to do.