- Choose a time when the young person is relaxed and unlikely to be distracted.
- Be natural and don’t overthink it. Start by sharing your concern.
- Be prepared for rejection. If they don’t want to talk, try again later.
- Check your emotions and be realistic, while telling them you care and want to help.
- Discuss what you have noticed and why you are concerned.
- Ask questions about how they feel.
- Let them guide the conversation.
- Tell them it is important to discuss their feelings.
- Try to understand their reaction and help them to feel at ease. Let them know that crying is OK.
- Seek a balance between helping and encouraging their independence.
- Provide information about depression and the types of help available.
- Respect their privacy but explain the benefits of telling trusted people. Let them know that professional help is confidential and easy to access.
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