Activity: Mental illnesses can be genetic. Your child may feel alone with their symptoms, but after learning that they are likely not the first in their family who has felt this way, it can clear up a lot of things for them. Look at old photos that you have of family members – they can be your siblings, parents, or even more generations back! – and share stories about them about struggles that they have gone through. You can also consider the following:
Does your family have any history of depression or anxiety?
Have other family members ever faced stigma for a mental health issue?
Share with your teen your family history or personal history with mental health.
Discussion: Leave comments about your experience here. You may also have questions before engaging in the activity about worries you might have at finding out information about your family members that might upset you or your child.