According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 3.2 million Canadian youth between the ages of 12-19 are at the risk of developing Depression. Shocking? Right.
Children and adolescents can develop depression if they are/ have experiencing/ experienced:
- Huge pressure from school, society, or family
- Stressful transitions, such as changing school, neighbourhood, city, or country
- A major loss, such as a death in family
- Being bullied
A depressed kid feels unhappy, guilty, angry, fearful, hopeless, helpless, or lonely most of the time. He/she shows increased crying or sudden outbursts, has disturbed sleeping patterns, remarkably gains or losses weight, has low concentration and has low interest in what he/she used to like or enjoy. Moreover, he/she may complain from physical pain such as headache or stomachache and excessive fatigue. Therefore, if you have noticed the aforementioned changes in your kid, seek help from a therapist near you, who is specialised in working with youth.
By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist