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Depression in teens: What parents should know | Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

Published on 12 Jan 2024


Depression is a mental health issue that causes persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that the person used to enjoy. It can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and physical health, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Although depression is a difficult condition for anyone, it can be particularly challenging for teenagers who are still learning how to navigate the complexities of life.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), one in every seven adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19 years old experience mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or behavioural problems–These are the leading cause of illness and disability in adolescents.

 As a parent, it is important to recognise and be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression in teens so that you can provide the necessary support and help your child get the treatment they need.

Common signs of depression in teens

Depression in teens can manifest in a variety of ways. However, some common signs and symptoms of depression in teens include:

  • Persistent sadness, hopelessness, or irritability
  • Lack of interest in activities that the person used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of self-harm

What parents can do to help

Teens are often reluctant to open up about their feelings, so it’s important that you give them space to talk, but don’t push too hard. In addition, try not to make assumptions about what they might be feeling or experiencing.

If you suspect that your teen may be struggling with depression, here are a few things that you can do to help:

Check in with them regularly: If you notice some of the signs of depression in your teen, ask if they have been feeling sad or hopeless over the past couple of weeks. If so, then it may be helpful to talk with them about this issue more deeply and look for ways to help.

Be supportive: Listen carefully to your teen, and don’t judge what they say or how they feel. Try not to tell them what they should be feeling or experiencing. Instead, let them talk about their experience in their own words. It is important that they know they can come to you with any questions or concerns.

Encourage healthy habits: It can be difficult for teens to maintain healthy habits, but it’s essential that they do. Encourage them to get enough sleep, eat regular meals and take time out of their busy schedules each day to relax. These habits can help improve their mood and overall well-being.

Stay involved:  If you notice that your teen is becoming withdrawn and spending more time alone, don’t ignore it. Encourage them to get engaged in activities with their friends or family members and make sure they are spending time on positive things like hobbies or sports.

Seek professional help:  Encourage your teen to see a counsellor: Sometimes it can be helpful to talk with someone outside of the family about what is going on. A professional counsellor or therapist who is trained in this area can provide support and guidance for you and your teen.


How is depression in teens treated?

It is important to remember that everyone’s experience with depression is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. It’s important for teens to work closely with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan that works best for them.


Depression in teens can be treated through a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. The specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of the depression and the individual’s needs.

How does Kingsley care about the mental well-being of its students? At Kingsley, we believe that positive interactions between teachers and peers, authentic connections, trust and genuine care are vital in the well-being of the students. Supportive relationships between teachers and peers ensure that students feel comfortable to confide and share their problems without the fear of judgement. In order to help students feel secure at school and reduce anxiety and stress, Maple Leaf Kingsley International School also provides a bully-free environment in which we make sure that students understand the implications and negative impacts of bullying. We take bullying very seriously, and hope that through:

  • awareness programmes,
  • consistency in modelling kind behaviour,
  • projecting positive vibes,
  • and being present in the students’ lives,



We are creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where students are confident, engaged, innovative and respectful towards each other. Maple Leaf Kingsley International School places the happiness and well-being of its students at the heart of everything it does. The school is more than a place where children can learn–it’s a community where they feel free to express themselves without fear of failure.



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