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Depression or Low Mood

People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression. If your child is feeling low, let them know that everyone feels like this now and then and it’s ok. Let them know that they can talk to you and create time to listen. It can be helpful to help your child learn about low mood, what it is and how it works. How to start a conversation with children about mental health

What is depression and how can I help?

Depression is a long lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities. Depression can affect people of any age, including children. It is one of the most common mental illnesses.

If your child has been feeling like this for a while, or it has been affecting their life in a serious way, you should take your child to visit your GP. Your child’s doctor will be able to find out if your child may have depression and talk you through the types of support that could help.


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Here are some related mental health topics

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Everyone gets anxious now and then and anxiety is actually your body giving you a message that you are not safe.

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Bullying is repeated behaviour intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessions are specific thoughts that are intense and intrusive. It can feel like your thoughts are taking over and controlling your behaviour. Compulsions are ritual behaviours that people use to try to reduce anxiety linked to intrusive thoughts.

Self Harm

Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to cause some kind of physical hurt. It can be very hard for parents and carers to know about - or witness - self-harming behaviour in their children.