To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser. IE8 is no longer supported. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. Click on the links to get to the download page.
Understanding who else is in a young person’s life, what their support system is, and what your own support system is.
Being a support person for a teenager can feel isolating and at many times distressing – but when you find yourself in this role one thing to always remember is that you aren’t alone.
When young people are going through tough times, they can find it hard to talk about what’s happening. They might find it hard to talk to you about a problem, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t reaching out to others in their life.
Make sure to think about the people in the young person’s life that can provide support for them, and think about your own support system as well. It is important to involve others to help you and the person you are supporting. Everyone needs support – including you.
Think about which family, friends, whanāu members, teachers or sports coaches would be best at finding out what is going on for the person involved.
Keep offering to listen to the young person. Even if they aren’t reaching out to you, it’s important to let them know that you are there when/if they are ready to talk with you, and that it is important for them to talk to someone, even if that someone isn’t you at the moment.
A support network might include friends, family, and whanau, as well as trusted teachers or guidance counsellors, cultural elders, faith leaders or community groups you or the young person is involved with. It could also include people who have been through something similar and can share what helped them get through. The main purpose of a support system is to provide the young person with what they need to help guide them through difficult times in their lives.
Click here to find more information on types of support.