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The Crucial Role of Family in Youth Mental Health

By Parentshop Staff

Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 often experience significant mental health challenges. During these times, family plays a crucial role in providing support and guidance. This case study explores the vital importance of involving families in the mental health care of young people and offers actionable steps for both individuals and organisations to enhance this involvement.

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Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

By Michael HawtonOctober 30, 2018

A general view among child safety advocates is that children should be discouraged from talking with strangers. This message is regularly announced (and generally unopposed) in today’s culture with ‘stranger danger’ messages becoming part of modern parlance. It concerns me that a paranoid view of parenting is creeping into our parenting practise. This perspective seems to be that if there is any risk at all, however small or remote in possibility, we must respond to mitigating that risk or find ourselves questioning how good a parent we are. I’m sure that the aim of the ‘world-is-a-dangerous-place’ child advocates is well meaning. So, I’m in no way impugning their motivation. That said, the media coverage of the ‘scary-world’ hypothesis gets far more airplay than could be considered balanced. What I do think is that by magnifying the risks and not balancing the arguments for and against engaging with strangers, we send the wrong message to children. So, with all of this in mind, help your children talk with strangers; they are not all bad.