Ask A Teacher (Parent Edition): My Child Says They Are Depressed. What Can I Do To Help Them?

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First off, thank you for being the kind of parent who is willing to proactively address their child’s mental health. Too often, for varying reasons, parents don’t want to admit their child is mentally unwell: Sometimes this is because they’re afraid of how this will be reflected on them (i.e. “That mother must be awful if their child is depressed”, and before you act like that’s unreasonable, let’s look at every single time a parent is destroyed for a tragic accident that has befallen their child. Even if it’s something that’s as random as the toddler who was killed at Disneyland, people often love to pile on about what they would’ve done and how the parents were definitely at fault, because that’s the last thing grieving parents need); sometimes they’re afraid of what the mental diagnosis is; perhaps they don’t believe in mental illnesses and have the “toxic positivity” mentality…

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