March 3, 2021

5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Child With Depression

A 2016 study carried out by National Institute of Mental Health found that 12.8% of adolescents experienced a depressive episode. Depression is a lot more common than we might think. NAMI outlines a few ways to assist your child who might be struggling with their mental health.

Recognize the warning signs: 

  • Low self-esteem
  • Withdrawal 
  • Lack of interest 
  • Eating changes
  • Lack of energy, motivation
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Get help from a professional.

  • Ask for suggestions from your pediatrician
  • Take them to a mental health professional
  • Look online for mental health resources, articles, tips, etc. such as American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Provide emotional support.

  • Encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling
  • Listen to what they have to say
  • Acknowledge their struggles
  • A healthy lifestyle is important, both mentally and physically.

Exercise regularly

  • Eat healthy
  • Get a good amount of sleep

Help your child feel connected. Isolation is a common side effect of depression.

  • Encourage participation in school clubs or activities 
  • Plan family activities 
  • Encourage friendships and socialization 
  • Most importantly, be supportive and make sure your child feels heard. 

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