Guidelines to consider when talking to parents
- Be clear and direct. Be as clear as you can about what you think, feel, and want. Give details that can help parents understand your situation
- Be honest. If you're always honest, a parent will be likely to believe what you say. If you sometimes hide the truth or add too much drama, parents will have a harder time believing what you tell them
- Use a tone that's friendly and respectful. It makes it more likely parents will listen and take what you say seriously. It also makes it more likely that they'll talk to you in the same way
What If Talking to your Parents Doesn't Go to Plan?
If you would like professional support with anything you are going through turn2me provides free, confidential online supports for young people and adults in the Republic of Ireland.
- Peer support - A free and safe space where you can find and give support by connecting with other people who have been through similar experiences.
- Group support -Facilitated by a mental health professional, support groups are a safe space to connect with others and share solutions and coping strategies on a variety of mental health topics.
- Counselling - Support for whatever you are going through, this is a safe space to talk with a professional counsellor to help you understand your feelings and work together to develop the tools you need to get through tough times.