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How You Can Share, Talk And Help Other Teens Like You

Struggling with your feelings or worried about a friend? Discover real ways teens like you are talking about mental health. Start the convo, make a difference.

Beyond the memes, TikToks, and endless Snap streaks, we’ve got real lives, real feelings, and real struggles. Sometimes, the most epic thing isn’t the latest challenge or trend – it’s lending an ear to a friend in need. Let’s redefine “Teen Talk” by weaving in conversations about mental health.

Tips On How To Start The Conversation On Mental Health

I know, I know. It can feel a little awkward to start a conversation about mental health. You might be worried about what you say or how to say it or if there’s a “right way.” But, just kicking off the convo can be the nudge someone might need to open up. 

If your friend’s acting different, don’t just assume they’re chatting with someone else about it. Showing you care and listening to them empowers young people to choose to speak up, if they want. 

Starting That Convo: Tips To Keep It Real

• If you get that vibe that a friend’s off or not feeling their best, slide into their DMs or just hit them up. A simple “Yo, been thinking about you. All good on your end?” or “Hey, you cool? Remember, I’m here if you ever wanna chat. No biggie,” can go a long way.

• Remember words have power. Skip using labels like “mentally ill” or “crazy” – its outdated and stigmatizing. And, unless you’re 100% sure about a diagnosis, avoid dropping medical terms like “depression” or “schizophrenia.”

• If a friend decides to share, find a spot where you both can chill comfortably. No distractions, just you two.

How To Keep It Real When You Open Up To Others:

• Jot those feelings down first if you’re nervous about talking. It can help you organize what you want to say or practice saying it.

• Keep it about you. Start with ‘I’ like, ‘I’m feeling kinda low today’ or ‘This happens, and I just…’

•If you’re dropping something heavy online, maybe drop a heads-up like “trigger warning.” Just looking out for the squad.

• Picking who to vibe with can be tricky. Think of that one person who’s got your back, who you can truly trust.

• Stay true, but go slow if you need. You don’t have to spill everything at once. Sometimes, opening up bit by bit feels right.

• Feedback is a two-way street. After sharing, ask them how they feel or if they’ve ever felt something similar. Makes the convo more of a two-way thing.

• Find your groove. We all have our ways. Face-to-face too intense? Maybe a voice note or even a meme that says it all. 

Why Helping Out Your Squad is Total Goals

Okay, real talk: Doing good stuff for others doesn’t just help them out – it’s like an instant boost for your own vibes too. When you lend a hand, it’s not just them smiling – you’ll feel pretty awesome, and that stress or anxiety? Definitely dialed down. Think about it. When one of your friends suddenly starts a cool trend, doesn’t everyone jump on? That’s how mental health habits work too. You set a positive mood, and it catches on.

Our brains are kinda like our muscles. You know, they need some workouts. So, while you’re out doing all of your regular teen things – remember that your mind needs some love. 

And, hey, teens? You kinda have this secret power: You influence each other. A lot. Remember you also have the power to boost each other up and share those healthy vibes.

Disclaimer: This website offers general information and is not a substitute for professional advice. We are not clinicians or trained professionals; this information should not replace seeking help from a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult a healthcare provider for personalized guidance.