http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sunnybrook-health-sciences-centre/teen-mental-health_b_8038108.html

by michaelbertucci on September 9, 2015 - 11:26pm

 

Going to university might be an easy transition for most students, but for some it can be quite hard, as the transition may provoke mental health issues within the students. Those who do not look for help to their mental health problems tend to resort to alcohol and drug abuse to feel more normal. The stigma alone scares them, as they are afraid of the label they will be given by their peers and friends. 

There are certain steps parents should take in order to help their children with mental health problems. First off, they should make sure their child is ready for university. This means, taking into account how the child dealt with his or her mental health problem in high school, evaluating whether or not they will be ready to take on university. If not, parents need to accept the fact, their children are better off focussing on their mental health issue and taking a gap year, or some time off, and then attending university when they are fully ready. The saying that a lot of parents say is that they are afraid their children will never return to school if they take time off, this is false, as students with mental health problems that are not ready to take on university are seen to do much worse than if they take time off to prepare for it. Second off, if mental health issues are known prior to attending university, the students should set up with the university professionals in order to help, this should be done at the beginning of the year so that they can get acquainted with the mental health professionals of the school; early intervention is always best. Lastly, parents need to be supportive and not judgmental. Being critical is okay, but it needs to be with a positive edge. If kids know their parents will always be negatively critical about their actions, they will never reach out and the parents will serve as no help at all. So as mistakes may be made in university, parents should simply listen with a positive ear, and this will help their children reach their ultimate goals. 

This article’s key points are about the steps parents should take in order to support their children with mental health problems as they take on university. It was very easy to follow as the information was very informative; the core concepts of early intervention and support were well discussed. The whole direction of the article was very clear, after reading it once I was completely in agreement with the author. However, it would have been nice to have a conclusion to the article, talking about how early intervention relates to the three steps discussed to how parents should help their kids with mental health problems as they start university.