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For schools, workers in the community and youth workers When to check in with a young person about their mental health

Sometimes, you might feel you need to have perfect timing to check in with a young person about how they're feeling. But any time can be a good time. Our resource has suggestions of when you can speak to them about their mental health.

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When is a good time to check in?

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When is a good time to check in with a young person?

Sometimes, it can feel difficult to know when to check in with a young person about how they are feeling. You might feel like you need to get the timing "perfect" but any time can be a good time. Here, we suggest some times when it might be good to check in.

Remember, before checking in with a young person, check in with yourself - are you ready to have this conversation?

The cartoon depicts an adult and young person both holding hot drinks while talking to each other. In front of them are plates of food. Above the two people, it reads in blue 'Over a meal', underneath the plates of food it reads in white 'or a snack'.

The cartoon has a yellow background with two people jumping in the air while smiling. Above and between the two people it reads in white and orange: 'when they are visibly enthusiastic and happy'.

The cartoon has a purple background. To the left is an adult wearing a lanyard who is looking at a young person in front of them. The young person is visibly sad, looking down and wearing headphones. Above the young person is a thought bubble that has their face in. On the left they are angry and on the right, they are yawning with 'zzz' above their head. To the left of the young person it reads in yellow and white 'when they are withdrawing, bored or visibly upset'.

The cartoon depicts two line drawings. On the left, the lines are crossing all over each other, like a scribble. It is in the shape of a circle and in the middle, the circle has two eyes. The drawing on the right is a clear round circle with two eyes in the middle. They sit on a light blue background. Above the circles, it reads in white 'When you notice a' and below the circle, it reads in blue 'change in behaviour'.

The cartoon depicts a green background with a light green hedge. In front of the hedge is a sports coach dressed in blue. To the right is a young person in an orange vest with the number one on it. Above the two people, it reads in yellow and white: 'During an activity like playing sport'.

In front of an orange background are two cartoon people. On the left is an older person in a grey jumper listening to the young person on the right who is wearing a cap backwards and a red hoodie. Above the young person is a speech bubble. In the middle of the two people, it reads in yellow and white: 'When they want to chat'.

The cartoon depicts a brick wall and pavement as the background. Walking on the pavement is a young person and an adult. The young person is wearing a pink backpack and a blue jumper while carrying books. The person on the right is walking next to them wearing a shirt and blazer and is talking to the young person. To the left of these two people, it reads in yellow and white 'On the way to/from somewhere.

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