Inquire sensitively about the child or young person’s circumstances
The first step in supporting a child or young person you’ve noticed might be experiencing a mental health challenge is to have a conversation.
There are a range of strategies on how to appropriately inquire about a child or young person’s circumstances, and how these are affecting them. It will be important to consider the time and place for the conversation, and to consider the language used during the conversation.
You should also remember to have the conversation within the context of your community’s policies and procedures and take care of yourself after the conversation.