Is This Normal?
How can you tell if a teenager is demonstrating “normal” behaviors or something to be more concerned about? While there is no clear cut answer to this- there are some specific differences to take note of. As always if your gut tells you there is reason for concern keep reaching out, asking questions and remain willing to help. The Youth Mental Health First Aid Action Plan, ALGEE, is an effective tool to guide the help you provide.
A- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
L- Listen non- judgmentally
G- Give reassurance and information
E- Encourage appropriate professional help
E- Encourage appropriate self- help and other support strategies