For Parents & Family
How to Talk with Your Student about Mental Health
- Show confidence in your student by allowing them to learn from their mistakes, own and celebrate their successes, and fight their own battles.
- Be a "safety net" not a "safety harness."
- Help your student remember to put the inevitable ups and downs of college in perspective.
- Remember that they are still practicing to be full-fledged adults. Achieving maturity is a long process.
- Keep phone calls brief and non-prying. Listen more than talk.
- Encourage your student to get involved in at least one extra curricular activity in the first quarter or semester.
- Early homesickness does not predict poor adjustment to college.
- Help your student stay connected with events going on at home — keep them in the loop.
- Keep the communication channels open. Discuss difficult topics (e.g., alcohol, drugs, sex, relationships, future careers) prior to coming and throughout college.
- Familiarize yourself with DU's campus, community, and online resources. There are many!