Understanding how to spot depression in teens is difficult for many parents and teachers. Sure, you may have seen one of the checklists of the basic symptoms for depression. However, what is normal behaviour for a teenager may tick off a few of those criteria. So being able to look at what is happening with the young person more closely is key.
In 2016, suicide was the leading cause of death of young people between 5 and 17 years of age in Australia. Striking statistics like this underscore the importance of everyone who interacts with young people being aware of how to know if they are struggling. As with most things early intervention can make a world of difference in terms of outcomes.
An article I wrote on Teen Depression was recently published by Mouths of Mums. To learn more on the topic use the link below.
For those who would like to know more about the Statistics on this issue: