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Mental Health

Suicide & Suicidial Ideation in Children and Young Adults

  • 4 min read

Life is full of challenges and feelings of loneliness, sadness, or hopelessness, and experiences with stress, frustration, and anxiety are inescapable.  However, no matter how difficult our situations may appear to be, suicide should never be the answer.  So, remember to talk to someone, find healthy coping solutions to life challenges, practice journaling, and if it’s all too much for you to handle, seek profess

Coping with bullying from your siblings

  • 2 min read

From time to time, siblings will disagree, get into heated debates, argue about whose turn it is to wash the dishes  and even annoyingly tease each other to the brink of tears. Unfortunately, there are moments when the teasing goes too far, and someone’s feelings gets hurt. If you or someone you know is experiencing sibling bullying, here are some things you can do to cope with the situation.

How to deal with your child coming out

  • 3 min read

For some parents, learning that your child identifies as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community can be difficult, and you may be uncertain about how you can best support them. With that being said, it would be unfair to deny that coming out is also difficult for children and young person.

Healthy habits to prevent childhood obesity

  • 3 min read

It’s not typically a good idea to focus on weight loss in young children as their bodies are still developing. They should never be put on a weight loss diet unless it is recommended and guided by a physician. Putting your child on a diet to lose weight may restrict the nutrients they need to allow for healthy growth and development.

Helping children deal with nightmares

  • 3 min read

Most nightmares are harmless in the long run and are just an unpleasant part of growing up. Most of their irrational fears will go away over time or they will learn to manage them on their own. However, some nightmares can be a symptom of a greater problem in the child’s life.

Why is it so hard to control your emotions?

  • 3 min read

Being a teenager is sometimes difficult, no matter what everyone else says. Your teenage years are a confusing and stressful period where you may feel immense pressure to learn about yourself and figure out your future. You might be experiencing puberty, peer pressure, bullying, rejection, struggling to maintain your grades or even trying to preserve your mental health in general.

Why cramming for your test doesn’t work

  • 3 min read

Whether or not we are aware of it, we often avoid completing an important task or assignment because we are worried that it will be too difficult for us. We may put off that big assignment because we are worried that creativity and focus will not come easily, or that it may end up being too much for us to handle. Therefore, in trying to save ourselves from the stress and potential ‘failure’ of starting now, we wait until a later time when the urgency outweighs the fear.

Is it healthy for your child to have an imaginary friend?

  • 1 min read

Many parents worry that their child’s imaginary friend is an unhealthy coping mechanism, ungrounded in reality, that will affect them negatively for the rest of their life. However, most children are or will be aware that their imaginary friend is not real.

What you should know if you’re drinking while underage

  • 1 min read

Maybe you’ve tried alcohol once or twice yourself, whether because of curiosity, peer pressure, or because your parents let you have a little sip now and then. Though lectures from your parents or other adults about the dangers of alcohol can seem to get old pretty quickly, there’s a reason you should wait until you’re 18.

What should you do if your child self-harms?

  • 4 min read

Self-harm is not very likely to stop after just one conversation, but open, non-judgmental communication with your child is a huge step in the right direction. Be patient and show them that you care.