When I work with teenagers or college students, their parents often ask me how they can help. Whether their child is dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or general stress, parents often wonder what to do and what not do. In my recent interview with the Wacoan magazine, I discussed some of the challenges facing teens and young adults today. Technology, pressure to succeed in school, and concerns about friendships all contribute to stress. Many people recognize the importance of seeking counseling to treat depression or anxiety. However, we often forget the value of prevention and striving for good mental health.

We take care of our physical health by going to the dentist or physician for checkups, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy.

What do you and your child do to maintain good mental health?

Please click here to read more about common stresses, prevention, and positive mental health practices.