Parents Guide to Depression

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When to act and what to do

Talking to your son or daughter about how they feel is a big step to take towards helping your child overcome feelings of depression.

An open conversation with your child may not always be possible, if your son or daughter’s mood is so low that they are unable to function normally. If you are worried about any risk of suicide or self-harm, you should not hesitate to seek professional advice and support.

Try not to be rushed into finding a solution

Where possible, it’s best to try and find a way to resolve things together with your child. Coping with depression is not a ‘quick fix’ and it takes time. Alongside your son or daughter, you can seek advice from a number of trusted sources, including specialist helplines offering confidential support and a listening ear.

Seek professional help if needed

Professional help is available to young people experiencing difficult times. School nurses and university counsellors should be able to provide guidance, advice and signpost you towards other resources and support networks. Some may also be qualified therapists. A school nurse or psychologist can also make a mental health assessment and can sometimes refer people for expert help.

Make an appointment with your GP

Raising your concerns with your GP can be daunting, but it is essential to seek a medical opinion if you are concerned in any way about your child’s wellbeing. Take time to understand how best to plan your visit with your GP so that you and your child both feel comfortable and speak with the right medical professional for your circumstances.

Support your child

Keep speaking with your son or daughter. Keep reassuring your child and listening to what they have to say to you. Depression is a common problem and it can be helped if diagnosed and addressed early. By acting and seeking advice, there is a greater chance of  these negative feelings and thought patterns being overcome for your child and not recurring in later life.

 

Going to your GP

Resources

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An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs - A guide for parents

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs - A guide for teachers

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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Asking for help

Tips for young people on when it’s time to talk about their mental health, or if they want to help a friend

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Coping with self-harm

This guide includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm and how to support a young person for parents and carers

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Coping with self-harm (Welsh)

This Welsh language guide includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm and how to support a young person for parents and carers.

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Depression booklet

Featuring useful facts, figures and information, this booklet also contains sources of help and what not to say to people experiencing depression

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Five Ways to Wellbeing posters

Five posters - one for each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: connect, give, learn, be active, take notice

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Guide to depression for parents and carers

This booklet aims to help recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Guide to depression for parents and carers (Welsh)

This booklet aims to help parents recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their child

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Life after lockdown Wellbeing Action Plan

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been through enormous change and some of us may experience further uncertainty and change in the coming weeks and months

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Looking after yourself during your GCSEs - A guide for pupils

Packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time.

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Low mood poster

Poster created in partnership with Bank Workers Charity highlighting common causes of low mood, how to help yourself feel better and information on where to get more help.

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Perfectionism

Aiming high can sometimes come at a cost. This eight page guide looks at ‘unhealthy perfectionism’ – how to spot it and advice on how to develop effective interventions.

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Social media and teenagers

A practical guide for parents and carers of teenagers on using social media

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Supporting children returning to school (parents & carers)

Guidance for parents and carers on how to help your child prepare to go back to school

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Warning signs poster

A bold A3 poster showing the warning signs that tell you when someone may be depressed. This poster could save a life.

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Wellbeing Action Plan (child)

A simple, resource to help young people keep themselves well and get them through difficult times

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Wellbeing Challenge 2021 home pack

Activities for parents and carers to print off and do with their children at home

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