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What a parent can do
what parents can do
  • Spend time with your child. Be caring, and listen in order to understand your child’s feelings. Play with him, talk about his future, and focus on his positive behavior.
  • Take time on a regular basis to help your child find and participate in recreational activities.
  • Assist your child in maintaining regular or routine physical activity. Physical activity can help relieve or manage depression. Ideas include: walking, running, bicycling, exercising, dancing, yoga, and karate.
  • Help your child to maintain a regular and nutritional diet. Make sure your child is eating meats, fruits and vegetables every day and reduce eating out.
  • Maintain a regular bedtime, and develop a bedtime routine. Your child needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. A sleep routine could include reading, bathing, or listening to soft music, and most importantly going to bed at the same time each night.
  • Talk with your pediatrician to determine any possible medical causes for the concerns you are noticing. 
  • Seek out a mental health professional if the symptoms of depression are severe. 
  • Evaluate drug use. Drugs that are not medically appropriate or approved by your physician can contribute to depression.

Suicide Warning Signs
  • Inability to concentrate or think rationally
  • Changes in physical habits and appearance
  • Changes in personality, friends, or behaviors (this can include withdrawing from relationships, increased absenteeism at school, and loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.)
  • Direct threats or statements such as, “I want to die”, or “I am going to kill myself”, or “Nobody will miss me anyway” 
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Loss in maintaining friendships
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless.
  • Talking about suicide 
  • Trouble sleeping and eating
If your child demonstrates any of the warning signs:
  • Talk with your child about your concerns.
  • Ask your child if they are having thoughts of hurting or killing themselves.
  • Utilize school and community resources including school psychologist, social worker, school principal or a mental health professional.
  • Take immediate action if needed and call 911
  • Remain with your child. Access a psychiatric evaluation or assessment through the nearest emergency room. 
  • Listen to your child’s friends and ask questions about your child’s recent behavior, thoughts and feelings.

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