Nadia Sawalha and daughter Maddie talk about mental health issues as part of Lighten The Load Kids
NADIA SAWALHA AND DAUGHTER MADDIE TALK ABOUT KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Nadia 16-year-old daughter Maddie joined us to discuss their family’s openness about mental health as part of our Lighten The Load Kids campaign which encourages parents to talk to their children openly about mental health.
Maddie said: “To me it feels normal because I’ve grown up with it... I definitely think it’s a good thing. I was probably about 13, 12, when I was around people - a lot of my friends have mental health issues - and they told me that when they realised how open my family was about it they were like, ‘That’s really weird, my family’s not like that at all'.”
Maddie shared her opinion of how parents can speak to their teenagers: “It is really difficult for parents, I do think. They’re either not asking how they’re feeling at all, or overly asking them."
“I think teenagers want it to be in between. I think we should be made to feel like we can come to our parents for advice, but in our own time. And we should come to them. It’s normal to ask what’s wrong, but I think sometimes teenagers just find it overwhelming,” Maddie added.
Loose Women is being supported by the children’s mental health charity YoungMinds. Research by the charity has found that 95% of teachers say they had taught a child who they believe is experiencing anxiety.