Article courtesy of Anna Dutton

Exciting news everybody!

If you didn’t know already I’m just finishing up an internship with a publisher that prints magazines throughout Surrey and SW London and also has an online magazine.

But that’s not the great part. One of the Editors has asked if I would feature in her magazine by writing my own article on mental health awareness. YAY! WOO! AHHHH!

My first piece as a published writer AND for mental health awareness… this is just awesome.

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 13.51.02The article isn’t due to be printed for a few months but in the mean time I wanted to get some insight from my readers.

The subject matter will be giving advice to parents who have a teenager/ young adult who is going through some metal health issues of their own, from a young adult’s perspective (me). It’s something that I get asked about a lot. Getting a balance between helping your child without inadvertently pushing them away is so tough to achieve and many parents can feel helpless and sick with worry, especially if the teenager has no interest in sharing.

You’ll know that I’m a big supporter of being open and honest with our families but it isn’t always easy. In light of that I decided to incorporate a Do’s and Don’ts list, inspired by what my parents did that I, as an ex teenager and now (sophisticated) young adult, did and didn’t find helpful so I can give a bit of insight to those parents who are at loss of what to do.

This is where you guys come in. Everyone is unique with their own experiences of mental health issues and have different relationships with their parents so I would love to hear from you on what you thought your ‘rents did well, or as an adult, what you thought you did particularly well to help your child.

Did your parents ask too many questions, or tried to understand when they didn’t? Or did they offer support at home and give good hugs and advice? Is there something that they could improve on, or in hindsight were they just what you needed? Whatever it is, I would love to know!


The next part is more specific to the local areas that the magazines work in. If any of you can highly recommend a counsellor, therapist or support group that you or a friend has found helpful then let me know.

Finding professional help/ support can be a daunting task when you don’t know where to start, especially one that can be helpful for a teen/young adult. I will be adding in some recommendations to the end of the article to point readers in the right direction.

Can’t wait to hear from you guys, comment or drop me a message.

 

 

 

12 Comments »

  1. Congrats!!! That is so amazing!!! I think like you said – just being really open is probably the best thing. Not trying to hide it or act like it’s a shameful thing to have. While thankfully the world is changing, for a long time there was this stigma that mental illness should just kind of be swept under the run and teens/young adults already kind of feel like they’re alone in this world and that nobody else is going through the same experiences they are. So just letting them know that they aren’t alone and it actually happens to a lot of people is one of the best things, in my mind, a parent can do to help 🙂

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  2. Hi Anna, well done for your successes! I am glad you are gradually “recovering” ( for want of a better word). The only thing I wanted to say was that when I read your description of you thinking of your family’s pain if anything happened to you, it re-enforced my belief that if your children know you truly love them, they have a lifeline, so to speak. So my DO as a parent is Love your kids and make sure they know you love them unconditionally. A bit of a cliché, I know… But your decision was the right one for you and your family. Keep being strong and loved!

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  3. Great post, it’s a tough one but I think parents need to be as open as possible. My parents have always made so clear that they are behind me and support me in whatever I do (and if that’s going home and crying in bed, they’re there to give me hugs and cups of tea until I’m better!)

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  4. Firstly, congratulations!
    Second – I always felt good that my mum had said ‘Whatever trouble you’re in or problem, no matter what, just tell me’
    Ive always been honest and it meant when I came out, it really wasn’t a big deal for either party.
    It helped in so many other occassions growing up too.

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