As a parent, you probably worry about your teenage child. You may wonder if they are happy and hope they are doing well at school. You take comfort in the idea of them having a nice group of friends to support them through the journey. But what if they don’t, what if they are alone?

It can be difficult as a parent, as sometimes despite your worry, teenagers simply do not want to discuss their personal lives. After all, they are trying to break free and grow up, while a part of you wants to hold on. Young people have every right to keep secrets but, as a parent, this can be distressing. If you want your child to receive support, yet believe that you are not the right person to give it to them, one solution can be to hire a youth coach.

Teen Minds Matter provide mental health provision and do not aim to stand in as parents, teachers or friends. They are there to offer impartial, trustworthy support without any judgement. A youth mentor can give a young person the chance to vent freely and confidentially about anything they want. This may include school and family life, friends or anything else that happens to be on their mind.

Working with Teen Minds Matter can also have a great many benefits from the perspective of a parent. While you’ll always want to be there for your children, sometimes the best thing you can do is accept that in some situations, it simply can’t be done. The fact is that some teenagers believe certain parts of their lives need to be secret and cannot be shared with their parents. We know this can be difficult to accept. Time goes quickly and suddenly your small, innocent child is grown up and wants to discover the world. They want to explore their changing bodies, experimenting everything that life has to offer. You can’t control the things they may encounter and you may know that part of your role as a parent is to stand back and let them learn on their own. What you can do as a parent is to ensure there are enough measures put in place to give them the best chance possible.

Booking your teenager into a series of Teen Minds Matter sessions could benefit you in the following ways:

•We approach any subjects your child feels unable to talk about with you, such as sexuality, body-image issues and sex. Even though you may not be able to help them personally, you can rest easy knowing they have someone to talk to.

•We will help your child develop mature ways to deal with conflict, stress and anger, which could potentially make family life easier. It could improve the young person’s school life, improving their relationships with peers and with their teachers

•We can help your child to better understand the emotions they are experiencing and how to manage them. When a child appears to lash out or react aggressively, they may be battling feelings of worry or fear. Teen Minds Matter helps young people understand and control their confused emotions, encouraging an easier parent-child relationship. It can also work towards improving better teacher – student relationships.

Areas of discussion available:

Helping troubled teenagers get back on track

Encouraging a better work ethic

Helping young people deal with difficult or embarrassing issues

Supporting young people to handle and manage emotions

Discovering potential and setting goals to reach it

Helping improve family dynamic

Discussing difficult areas of young people’s life, such as bullying

Encouraging positive student / teacher relationships

Managing stress and anxiety

Improving self esteem and building on confidence

Helping young people when reacting to authority

Supporting family during the teenage years

Managing anger

Giving young people the opportunity to talk about their relationships

Building on social skills

Helping young people leave with a new sense of motivation and a boost of inspiration

Encouragement to see the world from a fresh perspective