Symptoms of depression often include:
Sometimes children have feelings of anxiety as well as depression. Some also have physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches.
Problems at school can be a sign of depression in children and young people and so can problem behavior. Talk to their head teacher and talk through your concerns.
Older children who are depressed maybe turning to misuse of drugs or alcohol.
Things that increase the risk of depression include:
Sometimes depression can be triggered by a difficult event, such as parents divorce, loss of a grandparent or even a pet, it can also be a mixture of things happening over a period of time.
If you think your child or someone you know is depressed, it's important to talk to them and see if you can find out what's troubling them and how they're feeling.
If your child does not want to talk to you, let them know that you're worried about them and that you're there if they would like to talk.
Encourage them to maybe talk to someone they trust, maybe a brother or sister, cousin, a friend or someone at school.
You could also contact their school to ask if the staff have any concerns.
If you're concerned about their mental health or general wellbeing, make an appointment with them to see a GP.
If necessary, the GP can refer your child to a local children and young people's mental health service (CYPMHS) for specialist help.
CYPMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their mental health or wellbeing.
You may also refer to them without seeing a GP.