Pearlman & Associates

655 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

Monday – Saturday

Making Mental Health a Priority as a Family

Taking care of mental health as a family!Making mental health a priority as a family is crucial for the overall well-being and happiness of each member. In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, it is easy to overlook the importance of mental health, but prioritizing it can lead to stronger family bonds and increased resilience in the face of challenges.

Open Communication:

Open communication is key. Creating a safe and non-judgmental space where family members can share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns is vital. Encouraging regular conversations about emotions and mental well-being helps to normalize discussions around mental health and encourages everyone to be more self-aware. By fostering an environment of trust and understanding, family members can support each other through difficult times and celebrate each other’s successes.


Promoting self-care practices within the family is another essential aspect of prioritizing mental health. Encouraging activities that help reduce stress and promote relaxation, such as engaging in hobbies, practicing mindfulness, or spending time in nature, can have a positive impact on everyone’s mental well-being. Family members can set aside dedicated time for self-care activities and support each other in maintaining these routines.

Mindful of Screen Time:

Taking breaks from technology and screens as a family is also crucial. Excessive screen time can contribute to feelings of anxiety, isolation, and disrupted sleep patterns. Establishing tech-free zones or specific time limits for screen usage can help create a healthier balance and encourage more face-to-face interactions. This provides an opportunity for deeper connections, strengthening family relationships, and improving overall mental well-being.

Healthy Habits:

Building healthy habits together, such as regular exercise and nutritious eating, can also contribute to positive mental health outcomes. Engaging in physical activities as a family not only promotes physical well-being but also releases endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress. Additionally, adopting a balanced and nutritious diet can improve brain function and energy levels, positively impacting mental health.

Professional Help:

Lastly, seeking professional help when needed should be normalized within the family. Mental health challenges can affect anyone, and it is essential to eliminate the stigma surrounding therapy or counseling. Encouraging family members to seek professional support if they are struggling can lead to early intervention and improved mental well-being for all.

Take Away:

Making mental health a priority as a family involves open communication, practicing self-care, limiting screen time, building healthy habits, and normalizing professional help when needed. By collectively valuing and prioritizing mental well-being, families can create a nurturing environment that supports each member’s mental health and overall happiness.

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About Us: is a St. Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: or on the web at: The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.