TIPS FOR YOUTH
Knowing what to say and to whom is incredibly important! Here are some tools to help you receive the help you seek.
What To Say To Your Parents
If you feel that you have tried this before and it didn’t work. Change your approach. Sometimes how we start a conversation can set the tone. Be honest, be open and most of all, be open to suggestions. You’re probably going to hear something that you may not want to. But, it’s for your benefit to listen to them and be respectful of their opinions and beliefs. Give it a try! What can it hurt?
What To Say To Your Peers
So, although for some minor things, it could be a GREAT idea for you to speak to a friend your age, it’s always a better idea to speak to someone whom was there and overcame their adversity by focusing on different things or by setting goals for themselves. These people include adults in your community, like police officers, teachers, coaches, social workers, principals or perhaps a family friend that your family and you trust. Just remember that whatever you do, speak to someone! Getting the anxiety out is the BEST way to deal with a problem!
What To Say To Adults You Trust
In some cases, your situation may be too difficult for one person to deal with. Sometimes the person that is trying to assist you, has to report to a higher authority about what is happening to you. PLEASE, don’t be afraid of this process! Sometimes it is NECESSARY to have the proper authorities involved to make sure of your safety! This is in NO WAY a destruction of your trust nor is it a betrayal towards you. This could be difficult to understand because you picture a million things happening in your head. The outcome may not always be a seemingly favorable one. But, if it means that you will be safer and healthier, you can bet that it will be for the best! DO NOT let the possibility of this happening be an obstacle for you! Everyone that is out to help you, will do JUST THAT... help you!
What To Say To Yourself
The first thing you must do, is dig deep and figure out what level of difficulty your situation has. There are, generally speaking, three different levels of difficulty when it comes to problems you may encounter. They are as follows:
- Minimal – This would be an issue that you may have with a class in school. Or, you may have a small misunderstanding with someone at school.
- Medium – This would be a little bit of a harder situation to deal with such as: a fight in school, an argument with one of your parents, a misunderstanding with your significant other or if you’re just having a bad day!
- Difficult – This is more complicated than the rest. This situation is when some sort of unexpected trauma has happened. This includes situations of abuse of any sort. This also includes a sudden death in the family or a close friend. Teenage pregnancy can also fall into this category as well as an unexpected change in health or well-being. *These situations are ones that MUST be reported for your safety! Please, be sure to check the last tile labeled “What To Say To Adults You Trust”
Know that there is a VAST amount of scenarios that can fall between these categories OR can be TWO at once. Whichever it is, please keep in mind that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are plenty of places and people that have made helping you, a PRIORITY and a PASSION!