Support Available for Young People & Families
What depression is:
Depression is an emotional condition with physical and behavioural symptoms. When we are depressed we might experience feelings of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness, lack of energy or agitation and irritability amongst other symptoms. We may also notice changes to sleep pattern and appetite and we can often withdraw from people and activities we used to find enjoyable.
What you can do to help:
Try to talk to a trusted adult who can support you. There is strong evidence of a link between raised mood and activity. Exploring which activities energise and lift mood can sometimes help. Make sure daily life is balanced with activities like this to lift and sustain positive mood. Exercise, a balanced diet and good sleep hygiene are also vital.
Start to keep a mood diary. If symptoms are experienced every day for more than two weeks and there is a marked impact on daily life, a visit to your GP would be a good place to start. This will rule out underlying medical symptoms.
Therapy of different types can bring about positive results and there are many private therapists and 3rd sector organisations who specialise in working with young people. Finding the right kind of therapy is important. Although some have more of an evidence base than others, it is said to be the therapeutic relationship that brings about change and not the mode of delivery.
A talk with your young person’s Pupil Support Leader might be helpful. While we are not a medical service and cannot diagnose or provide emergency support, together we can put a plan in place to support your child’s mental health at school.
Our school counsellor provides person centred therapy and referrals can be made through your child’s Pupil Support Leader.
Some useful websites for parents/carers: