Talking to your parents about depression

What if I don’t know what to say?

Keep it simple. You can start just by saying, ‘Got a minute? I need to talk.' Then say what's on your mind.
For example, ‘I've been feeling down a lot lately. I think I should talk to you about it.'

How can talking to a parent help?

It can feel like a big relief to have someone listen, hear you out, and show they care. It lets you know you're not alone. They can also help you see from another perspective and give advice.

What if I need more help?

If you are having a sad or bad mood that lasts more than a week or two, let your parent know. Ask them to set up a health visit to check for depression.

How else can parents help?


Help you practise skills you learn in therapy


Remind you that they love and believe in you


Talk through problems with you


Help you get enough exercise, sleep and healthy food


Help you wake up in the morning at the right time


Do things with you that you both enjoy

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