Talking about mental illness with toddlers


Talking with a toddler about parental mental illness can help them to make sense of the illness. This fact sheet provides some tips to help parents to talk with toddlers about it.

‘Whether it’s you or your partner who’s well, unwell or becoming well, how you communicate with your toddler is really important. Small children can pick up on and react to situations you might not notice.’

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For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them.