Mental health is an important topic anytime, but during the pandemic it has become even more so.

58% of teens say the pandemic has affected their mental health.

 
 

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  For some families, talking about mental health may be an everyday occurrence. For other families, it may be a new topic, and it may feel a little awkward at first. But the more you do it, the more comfortable it will feel: for you and for them.  
  If you’re wondering how to get started, and get past one-word answers, these conversation starters can help. Click either of the above buttons to download a digital deck of 30 conversation starters.  
  You can print this shuffle deck out and use it around the kitchen table, in the car or anywhere you want to strike up a conversation with a teen or young adult, by clicking the printer icon in the top/right corner of your browser window once you have clicked through to the next screen.  
  Or, you can download this PDF to your computer or phone, by clicking download/save icon in the top/right corner of your browser window once you have clicked through to the next screen.  
   
     
 

 

If you or someone you know has thoughts about suicide, seek help right away. To talk with a trained counselor, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 – or go to the closest emergency room.

For employers, health plans and other businesses who want to learn more about Optum Behavioral Health and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) solutions, visit: optum.com/behavioralhealth