10 September 2018

Young People Seeking Help

We thought it might be useful for parents to understand a bit more about how and when young people seek help and what to do if and when they come to you.

As adults, we often try to solve the problem for them when the best approach may be to help them find the right solution themselves.  The most important thing we can do for them is to listen to their concerns.

Below are two graphs that highlight where young people go for help with important issues and how adults can be helpful:

HELP SEEKING:

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ADULT ACTIONS:

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As a parent, how can you help your son?

The LATE model offers these tips:

Listen

Acknowledge concerns

Talk about openly

End with encouragement

Contact the School to seek support if you need it.  Other support ideas appear on the School Psychology Portal.

Ms Shanua Lipscombe
Senior School Psychologist