How to have an open conversation with a young person
Bullying. Suicide. Online safety. Stress. Concerns like these can be hard to talk about with the young people in your life. But talking can also be an important step to showing them they’re not alone.
Having a frank, open conversation can often give a young person the perspective and compassion they need when things seem to be overwhelming or hopeless, and can help them prepare for the challenges they may face every day.
That’s why Kids Help Phone created this section of our website. Here, you can browse tip sheets, articles, tools and resources with strategies to address some of the most common challenges young people face today. You can use these tools to help the young people you care about. And hopefully, these resources can help you feel better prepared to start a conversation.
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Practise with tools, tips and resources to help build your skills and improve your wellness in the way that feels best for you. Learn how to identify your strengths, communicate thoughts and feelings, overcome obstacles and connect with support.
Take a quiz
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Play a game
Reduce stress and have fun at the same time.
Map out your support network
Identify who and where your community is to get help when you need it.
Share what’s on your mind
Try different tools to express how you’re feeling.
Make a safety plan
Access tools for safety planning and reporting.
Regain calm and relax with these activities.
Try a self-assessment
Identify how you’re feeling and find resources to support you right now.
Explore lived experiences from other young people across Canada. Learn from real-life youth stories, gain new ideas and ask questions to connect and inspire your own wellness journey.
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