Mental Health Awareness: Resources to help parents, caregivers support kids’ emotional wellbeing

Mass — May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a recent CDC study has found that an increasing number of high schoolers feel persistently sad or hopeless.

The study observed every racial and ethnic group. Hispanic and multiracial students were more likely than others to have persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and Black students were more likely to attempt suicide, according to the CDC.

Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting their kids’ emotional well-being.

According to experts, having an open and honest conversation, especially throughout adolescence and beyond is important in improving their well-being.

Helping kids know how to identify and articulate what they’re feeling can help them develop coping skills that will serve them their whole life, experts say.

The national Sound It Out campaign, is offering free tools and resources to help parents and caregivers have more meaningful conversations with their kids.

For resources for parents, click the link here.

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