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Mental Health in Children

Why might depression occur?


Depression in children is often due to a number of factors, such as unfavourable life events (e.g., death of a loved one, divorce), physical, sexual, emotional abuse or bullying, or a history of depression or parental depression.

Signs of depression

Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or irritability, focusing on problems and faults, loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable, lack of energy, and changes in eating patterns.

What can I do?


Offer support and opportunity to talk and listen, support healthy behaviours such as exercise and nutrition, encourage routine bedtime and sleep behaviours, and speak with a healthcare provider or helpline.

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