Crucial conversations. We all have them. Many of us dread them. We run what we want to say through our heads. That’s good. We should also think through what the other person in our conversation might think, say, feel and do. Putting ourselves into someone else’s shoes is tough. That’s why our parents reminded us about that canard so often. This month, Gracepoint features resources for some of the most crucial conversations you may have: talking with your family and friends about alcohol, abuse and behavioral illness.
Pamela Milbry, Gracepoint-ACTS Marchman court liaison, works with teens recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. “You should ask children aged 9 to 12 about their feelings. Agree that you feel the same way sometimes and what you do about it when you feel that way.”
Here’s a tool to help you start the conversation about underage drinking.
Let’s end the silence.
Let’s talk about dating
Dating is part of growing up. Feeling pressure, unsafe or harmed in any way is not. Download a free conversation starter here before you talk with your teen about dating and the peer pressure that comes with it. It’s not too early to including your middle-schooler in the conversation.
Glenn Close, actor and chairperson of Bring Change 2 Mind, has learned that talking about mental illness is a family affair. Close’s sister and nephew are living with serious and persistent mental illnesses.
“I challenge every American family to no longer whisper about mental illness behind closed doors.” Hear her story of hope and recovery.
A common thread
Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds has begun speaking out to parents of mentally ill children—especially in the wake of recent mass killings and school invasions. Read this Time Magazine Q&A.