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Depression in children and young people

depression; child; sad; miserable; angry; children; childhood; teenagers; adolescents ;

Family losses, personal disappointments and difficulties have an effect on children as well as on their parents and adolescent brothers and sisters. Friendship problems and bullying and cyber bullying can have very major effects on how they feel.

Not all children can bounce back emotionally.  When children are miserable and show a number of other changes in behaviour that stop them from participating in their normal activities, they may be depressed.

To read more

Raising Children Network  The Raising Children Network is an Australian Government funded site about parenting and children. 
https://raisingchildren.net.au/  

Parenting SA also have  Parent Easy Guides. Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.
https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parenting-and-child-care/parenting/parenting-sa  

Headspace - the National Mental Health site for young people
https://headspace.org.au/ 

Reach Out https://au.reachout.com/  

 

Resources

South Australia

   For parents

Australia - for children and young people

  • Headspace - Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation 
    https://headspace.org.au/  
  • Kids Help Line - telephone 1800 551 800 (free call) for children and young people. 

Information in languages other than English

The Children's Hospital at Westmead 'Depression in children'
http://www.chw.edu.au/healthykids/  

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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