1. Do not question their judgment on the situation. Asking them to ‘hang in there’ and ‘relax, it’s a phase it shall pass’ will only delay a much needed call for help.

2. Do not use words that might trigger them more. A bad mental space is like cold. It needs help and it definitely gets better.

3. If you’re the kind of parent who takes mental health seriously but is not aware of how to be a better companion, simply be there for them with no show of pity. Empathy from a trusted source helps in growing positivity within.

4. If you’re the kind of parent who doesn’t understand the concept of mental health, please learn more about the topic. It will help you understand better.

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5. Do not insist on accompanying your child for the session. People tend to filter the truth with parents/authorities around. Give them the space they need.

6. There’s a chance that you may have to change a few therapists before your child settles for one. Do not be impatient. Let your child decide where they think they are getting the help they require.

7. Do not make them feel bad about being in a bad mental space. It is situational and not self created. Watch your words when you talk about it.

8. Do not make them feel they can not approach you. A bad mental space changes the basic nature of a person. Be more open to understanding how therapy works for them and be as involved as possible.

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Shikha Shristi

By Shikha Shristi

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