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Depression in children - information and advice for parents and carers

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Spotting the signs of depression in young people

The NHS Choices website has helpful information on how to spot if your child is depressed titled ‘Depression in children and teenagers’, which gives parents a good summary of what depression in children and young people looks like.

The NHS Choices website also have a parent page that compares the symptoms of a child who is in a low mood, with a child who has depression, titled 'What's the difference between low mood and depression in children?'

I think my child is depressed, what should I do?

If you think your child or young person is depressed, make an appointment with them at your GP surgery. You can ask to have a longer appointment if you feel that would help. Do not ignore the problem.

Alternatively, you can make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health support services from the Emotional Wellbeing Hub

Where can I find useful resources?

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has practical advice for parents and carers on helping your child to cope - ‘Depression in young people - helping children to cope: information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people’

The YoungMinds charity website has a leaflet for parents and carers titled 'Depression and your child', which you can download a free digital copy of from their website. They also have the Parents Lounge with lots of 20 minute activity ideas, conversation starters and resources to make talking your teen easier. 

Where can I find local support groups and organisation who can help?

Here is a list of local support services and organisations for depression (you can filter the list for what you need).

Where can I find a useful health and wellbeing App?

If you are looking for helpful phone Apps that can provide some in-hand support to a young person struggling with emotional issues, please see our list of the best emotional wellbeing Apps reviewed by young people.

Who can I speak to for advice?

The YoungMinds helpline have trained advisers who offer friendly and confidential advice to help answer your questions.

YoungMinds Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

Helpline available Monday-Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

Suffolk School Nursing - ChatHealth Text Service

Text 07507 333356 for confidential health advice from the school nurse (available Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm).

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