To help, we’ve put together this guide of ways to support young people during the holiday period:
Check-in and listen
It’s important to let young people know that you are always there to listen to what is going on for them. Check-in with the young person in your life often and do your best to listen to what they have to say without judgement.
Keep them connected
Encourage the young person in your life to stay connected with friends and support networks. Remember that staying in touch might involve seeing friends and family in person, as well as online.
Keep to a routine
Help to keep a regular routine for eating, sleeping and exercise. Research shows all these factors are crucial in supporting mental wellbeing.
Be ready to negotiate
The summer can be a busy time of year with a lot of family and community events. While spending time with family and friends helps to keep us connected, it can also lead to stress and anxiety for some young people. Be open to negotiating with young people around events with family and friends and let them know that their wellbeing is a priority at this time.
Talk about your feelings
Normalise talking about feelings and let young people know that it’s ok to not feel ok. Reducing stigma around mental health is crucial in helping young people feel safe to reach out for support when they need it.
Let them know where to get help
Discuss the ways the young person in your life can seek support if they need it. This could be by talking to you, a family member, friend or a support service like Youthline.