Imagine growing up in our world today; having to constantly battle with the effects of human rights violations, violence in schools, making and losing friends, not missing out on things peers are doing and being aware of the unrest in the world around you.
Young people are going through a lot. They’re spending most of their day on the internet – experiencing cyber crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games. In addition, suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising.
Now that we know that children battle with things that challenge their mental health, how do we help them as parents?
Children need parents who are mentally healthy.
If you – as a parent – have personal struggles that you haven’t dealt with, there is no way that you can help your child navigate problems or issues that they might be facing.
As a parent, you need to be well equipped to help your child build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world and the only way to do this is to be mentally healthy yourself.
Much can be done to help build mental resilience and to help prevent mental distress and illness among parents and young adults. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness having regular coaching sessions with experts who can help you handle whatever issue it is you might be dealing with.
LagosMums is offering free coaching sessions at the LagosMums Parenting Conference and Exhibition on Saturday, October 13th from 5:30pm to 6:50pm courtesy OLCA and LCAN. Click on this link to register and book a session.
Sign up today and take the first step towards ensuring that you are mentally fit and healthy.