Stress and depression

"I'm finding it hard to deal with and talk to my 15 year old daughter but hate to see her screwing up her life. I should be doing more to help but don’t seem to do anything or get anywhere."

Depression and anxiety in children can be triggered by a whole range of factors, from bullying to parents separating to drug use. These are things that can affect all children no matter what their age, gender or family background, and as such their distress can manifest itself in a number of different ways. Family Lives looks at how parents can spot some of the tell-tale signs and suggest ways of dealing with them.

A child who is unhappy or anxious needs to be listened to and understood. The key source of comfort is their parent or carer, yet often parents themselves are isolated and feel powerless to reach out to their children. YoungMinds provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.


How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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