We Need To Talk
Talking about mental health is difficult; However, by having these tough conversations, you show children and their families they aren’t alone, raise awareness and understanding about mental health, and could even save a life. Try these mental health conversation starters with a loved one then visit our Resources pages for a list of local mental health providers.
ARE YOU OK?
Ask the question and mean it. Show you are listening by sitting alongside the person, maintaining an open body position and maintaining comfortable eye contact.
I’VE NOTICED THAT…
Open the conversation by explaining behavior changes you have noticed. For example, “I’ve noticed you have been showing up to work late a lot lately.” Then, express genuine concern.
DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A WALK?
Engaging a friend, family member or loved one you are concerned about in a healthy activity like taking a walk together can be a great way to start a conversation. Doing an activity while you talk can take some of the nerves and discomfort out of the conversation.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELF-HARM?
If you are concerned that someone is considering suicide or self-harm, ask the question directly. This will not increase the risk of self-harm, but you may save a life.
HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?
Sometimes when someone says they’re fine, they’re not. Know the warning signs to look for so you can know when to offer extra support.
Continue the conversation and help raise awareness by becoming a mental health advocate.
Share Your Story and Encourage Others
Kids’ Minds Matter believes that those who have experienced mental health illnesses have the ability to reach others in need of help. Become a mental health advocate by sharing your story. After filling out this form, a Kids’ Minds Matter representative may reach out to you for additional information as well as your consent to share your experience.