What can I do to help?
Talking freely about your feelings and experiences is a really useful for young people. It shows them that everyone has challenges and difficult days, but they can feel comfortable chatting to adults about them – whether the problem they’re facing is big or small.
Making time to talk and listen is probably the most important thing you can do. Try and make it clear that you’re really listening to the young person’s feelings, that you’re not judging them and you want to help.
You don’t need to have all the answers straight away. If a young person asks you a challenging question, explain that you need to find more information. Websites such as ChildLine, Talk to Frank or others listed on this site can help you find out more about young people’s challenges and issues.
Find out more about what services are available in Leeds for children and young people here.