For every client we work with in our youth psychiatric residential treatment facility in Richmond, VA, we know there are many more who have yet to speak up. In fact, one in five teens has had a depressive episode. From suicidal thoughts to social pressures, no one should have to struggle alone. If you have a friend or sibling who is fighting a silent battle, here’s how you can advocate for them.
Everyone experiences mood changes from time to time. But if your sibling is losing interest in activities, seems angry all the time, or gets upset easily, they might be wrestling with a bigger problem.
Your sibling may confide in you. Or they might tune everyone out, including you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not your job to solve their problems, but let them know you see them and are willing to listen.
If a sibling does come to you for help, try to listen with an open mind. You might think their problem isn’t serious (e.g., it’s not something you’d be upset over). Show concern to show your sibling you care.
You don’t always need to rush to your parents with your sibling’s problem. But if it involves drugs, sex, abuse, or other potentially harmful activities, it’s time to clue in your parents.
At Hallmark Youthcare, our board-certified psychiatrists specialize in trauma-focused care to help your sibling feel like themselves again. Share our programs with a parent and get your sibling the help they need in Richmond, VA.
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