Help Your Teen Build Healthy RelationshipsMental Health America of Jackson County participated in a mental health workshop about suicide prevention last spring. In surveys done by the participating teachers, one of the areas they felt needed to be addressed within the community was helping teens build healthy relationships. Too many students experience abusive dating experiences and don't know how to rid themselves of the pressures they encounter. Parents and other adults can help teens learn and understand what to do if a relationship shows signs of trouble.
In a healthy relationship, teens should feel good about themselves. They should not feel put down, controlled or pressured to do things they aren't comfortable doing. They should not feel like they have to change themselves in order to be with the other person. If you suspect an unhealthy relationship, offer help. Your teen many not know what to do. If your teen won't talk to you, help him or her find a counselor or another trusted adult to talk with. Make sure your teen knows that everyone deserves a healthy relationship. For more information on about mental health topics, log onto www.mentalhealthamericajc.net.