“Working as a Team: How Mentoring Can Help Parents Support Young Adults with Depression”

As a parent, it can be extremely difficult to watch your young adult child struggle with depression. It can be challenging to know how to best support them, especially if you are also juggling work and other responsibilities. One way to help your child deal with depression is by working as a team with a mentor.

Mentoring is a powerful tool that can provide your young adult child with additional support, guidance, and perspective during their challenging times. Our mentors have experience and expertise in a mentoring young adults and help their mentees grow on all levels.

Working as a team with a mentor means that you, as a parent, have the added support of someone who has experience dealing with similar challenges and can offer a fresh perspective on your child’s situation.
As your child finds their own way towards success, you join the team as a part-time member.

To create a successful mentee-mentor-parent team requires working with a mentor who specializes in working with young adults dealing with mental health issues.

Once you have found a mentor for your child, it is important to establish a clear communication plan between you, your child, and the mentor. This could include regular check-ins or meetings to discuss your child’s progress, challenges, and goals.

It is also essential to set clear expectations for what you hope to achieve by working as a team with a mentor. This could include specific goals for your child’s mental health, such as improving their mood, reducing their anxiety, or increasing their sense of purpose and motivation.

Working as a team with a mentor can be particularly helpful for young adults because it provides them with a trusted adult outside of their immediate family who can offer support and guidance. It can also be helpful for parents because it provides them with an additional resource for helping their child without feeling overwhelmed or burnt out.

In conclusion, if you are a parent with a young adult child dealing with depression, consider working as a team with a mentor. This approach can provide your child with additional support and guidance, while also giving you the added support and resources you need to help your child navigate this challenging time. With the right mentor, communication plan, and clear goals, working as a team can be a powerful way to support your young adult child’s mental health and well-being.

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Author: Ken_Rabow

Ken Rabow is the Mentor's Mentor for Troubled Teens, Young Adults and their Families