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Mental Health Tips for Adults, Kids and Teens

Are you talking with your kids about their mental health?  

Having good mental health helps you cope with stress, adversity and life’s challenges in a healthy way.  It’s closely interconnected with your physical health and well-being and can help you live an overall better quality of life. 

Maintaining good mental health is important for those of all ages – including kids, teens and adults. However, it can be hard for parents to know how and when to discuss these issues with their children.  

Want to make a positive change and start the conversation? These mental health tips can help the whole family feel their best.  

Mental Health Tips for Families 

Want to help your kids with their mental health? Offer this advice and model it yourself – you might be surprised what a difference it makes in your daily routine. 

Connect with Others:

Taking time to invest in strong, supportive relationships and maintaining social connections is crucial for mental well-being. This might be relationships at work, school or recreational activities. Finding a shared interest (such as attending an art class, playing a sport or going to a book club) is a great way to meet new friends. 

Stay Active:

Regular physical activity can boost mood, reduce stress and improve overall mental health. And staying active doesn’t have to be difficult – it could be as simple as taking a daily walk, playing catch with a friend or having a dance party in the kitchen. 

Get Enough Sleep:

Quality sleep is essential for mental health. Establish a regular sleep routine and prioritize rest, even when the next episode of your favorite show is calling your name. 

Eat a Balanced Diet:

A healthy diet can have a positive impact on mood and energy levels. Encourage your kids to eat a rainbow of different colors of fruits and vegetables to get all the nutritional benefits, and drink plenty of water. 

Limit Screen Time:

Excessive screen time, especially on social media, can negatively impact mental health. Set boundaries and take breaks from screens. Setting a positive example can help your kids see the positive impact of limiting screen time. 

Seek Help When Needed:

If you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Therapists, counselors and mental health professionals can provide support and guidance. 

Mental Health for the Whole Family  

As parents, it’s important to take care of your own mental health and check in with your kids. Try to encourage open and honest communication with your child. Create a safe and supportive environment where they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and emotions.   

Listen to your child without judgment and validate their feelings. Let them know that it’s okay to feel sad, angry or anxious, and that you’re there to support them. Encourage them in their healthy habits and let them know when you think they’re doing a great job making these positive changes. 

Note: This blog is not intended as medical advice. Please speak to your doctor if you have questions about mental health issues.  

FAQ – Mental Health Tips 

What is mental health? Mental health refers to emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act, and it influences how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.  

What should I do if I’m struggling with my mental health? If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to reach out for help. Talk to a trusted friend, family member or mental health professional. You can also contact a crisis hotline or seek help from a support group.  

What is the difference between mental health and mental illness? Mental health refers to overall well-being, while mental illness refers to specific conditions that affect mental health. Mental illness is a medical condition that can be diagnosed and treated, while mental health is a broader concept that encompasses emotional, psychological and social well-being.  

Get Connected: Counseling Services at ACV Health 

ACV Health patients have the opportunity to receive counseling through A New Dawn A New Beginning mental health counseling, whose providers are available on campus for patient appointments. Click here to learn more or schedule an appointment.  

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