Like the doctor you turn to for fevers and flus, there’s help out there for a child’s emotional pain too.
Untreated mental health challenges can undermine a child or teenager’s ability to thrive at home, school, and in the community. This can lead to issues like dropping out of school, getting in trouble with the law, unemployment, or even suicide.
Parents, family members, teachers, and caregivers, are usually the first to notice if a child or teen has challenges with emotions or behavior. These observations can help determine whether you need to seek help for your child.
Spotting Depression in Children & Teens
Depression in children and teens can look very different from depression in adults. Here are common signs to look out for10:
If you suspect a problem or have questions, talk with your child’s pediatrician, contact a mental health professional, or call the Access and Crisis Line for no-cost resources.Use Our Resource Tool
For more information, check out the Growing Up articles in the It’s Up to Us mental health bulletins below.
Growing Up: Is Your Teen Moody or Depressed?
Growing Up: Start the Talk about Underage Drinking
Growing Up: Helping Children Make Sense of a Parent’s Mental Illness
Growing Up: Turn Off the Screen & Turn On Wellbeing
Growing Up: Emotional Health for New Moms & Moms to Be
Growing Up: Youth Empowerment Programs