Helping Your Child
Tips for families of students:
Adjusting to university life often involves many changes that can produce stressors. Students often appreciate your support and acknowledgement of their successes.
Consider the following suggestions:
1. Observe for Potential Signs of Concern
Loss of interest or energy
Sudden drop in grades
Aggressiveness or irritability
Emotional outbursts or crying
Excessive weight gain or loss
Lack of personal hygiene
Make time to talk.
Be patient and give your undivided attention.
Let them talk with minimal interruption
3. Avoid Being Judgmental
Mention that you have noticed changes in him/her, and that you want to help.
Validate their concerns rather than focusing on solutions.
4. Give Plenty of Reassurance
Your child may have lost the ability to recognize their positive attributes. You can reaffirm; for example "You are a sensitive person who cares for others."
5. Offer to Help
Inquire about how you may help.
Don't be offended if the reply is "Leave me alone"
6. Talk About What They Find Helpful
Make conversations about mental health difficulties easy and open.
Asking about what helps when things are tough.
Encourage your child to seek resources available at the university.
Encourage him or her to contact the service directly to arrange an appointment.