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Albert and Comfort Ocran: Pay attention to behavioural changes in family members

The executive coaches want parents in particular to pay attention to changes in the mood of their children and give them immediate attention

The executive coaches Reverend Albert and Comfort Ocran have advised family members to be observant about behavioural changes in each other, especially children.

“Often, parents and children are dealing with significant mental health issues that are not immediately apparent, and some are very good at concealing the pain,” Reverend Albert Ocran said on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (5 January).

“So, even before I try to prescribe how to respond to it in terms of how a child logically understands an issue, we need to be a bit more observant of our loved ones.

“Let’s observe if a person drops their appetite; let’s observe if they become quieter than usual,” he said. “Because mental health is real, distress is real. And interestingly, if I may add, the peculiar issues we described make it more prevalent for them to have unusual stress.”

He added: “I’m sure I speak for many children when I say that there will be days when you realise the deficit in your life, whether it’s economically, spiritually, socially, financially, or emotionally, and all of these things help families to be more observant.

“Then let us do everything we can for our families; let us do it correctly; let us get involved; let us communicate.

“Let’s be observant about people’s changes in mood so we don’t get overwhelmed by sudden decisions that we didn’t see coming; they must’ve been coming but we’re too busy to see,” Ocran told Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

Today’s parents

According to Comfort Ocran, today’s parents are stressed because of financial challenges and emotional stress from work.

“Personally, when I am overwhelmed, the first thing I do is to put [one particular] song on repeat while praying. The second thing I do is to go for a long walk or hike.

“Sometimes you need to make drastic changes, and in those times, you need courage to do that. You sometimes make sacrifices that are necessary for your life,” she said.

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