Your teen’s health
Helping you support your teen through life’s changes.
Our private healthcare will cover your family’s health worries
With our family health insurance, if a member of your family becomes unwell, we’ll make sure they get all the care they need, quickly.
We value families at Bupa, which is why you’ll pay 10% less on your health insurance when compared to buying individual policies for each member of your family. Terms and conditions apply, see below for details†.
More teens are turning to online support for their wellbeing worries
Fatama Kamara, Specialist Mental Health Adviser at Bupa UK, shares:
“Starting university is challenging enough, but with the added pressure of a pandemic, we can understand why there are more searches for mental health conditions affecting students.
“There’s also been a rise in searches for support. Opening up and realising you need this is often the hardest part, so it’s positive to see more students are searching for ways to get help.
“However, we must keep raising awareness of the wellbeing support available for young people to break stigmas and make it as easy as possible for them to access it.”
You can start preparing your teen by teaching them valuable skills. From advice on how to budget, to showing them how to cook, these skills can make a difference to your child settling in.
As well as the practical side, you could offer advice on coping techniques for stressful situations (for example mindfulness or other relaxation techniques) and the importance of keeping a regular routine, full of healthy food and regular exercise.
Moving away from home can be tough at any age, and it’s understandable that they’ll miss things when away. A new situation means adjustments, but not everyone finds it easy to adapt. So, reassure them that home will always be there, whenever they need to come back, and that you’ll see them soon.
Starting university challenges your child’s independency. Check in regularly and see if they’re enjoying the experience, or if they’re struggling with some aspects of their new life.
Regardless of how long or short the phone calls, texts or emails are, they’ll likely feel at ease knowing you’re here for them. It will also give you comfort to hear how they’re settling in.
A particularly stressful time for students is exam season, so reassure them and let them know that you are proud of them, whatever the outcome.
Life at university is full of new and exciting things to learn and experience. Take an interest by asking your child about what they’re doing and enjoying. Learn about their new friendships and anything interesting about their course. Try and encourage them to take part in social activities as it’s a great opportunity for them to meet new people.
Every university has support for students’ health and wellbeing. Before they venture off, find out what support is available, and who your child should speak to if they have a problem. This can help ease any worries and uncertainties for both of you, as you’ll know what services are available too. These are often found on the university’s website or you could call them to find out more.
You may also find it helpful to research their new area together to understand what local services are available. We also provide family mental health support – from free online resources to support with family health insurance.
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