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Frontline staff: Depression

Hear from an educational psychologist why people working in the frontline may find it difficult to depression in teens and offer appropriate support.

Depression in young people is very common; however, it can go unrecognised (for example, symptoms may be dismissed as normal teenager behaviour, and young people might be reluctant to confide in staff about their difficulties). Even if a problem is recognised, staff may have insufficient resources (in terms of time and training) to support the young person appropriately.

In the video we meet Dr Michelle Sancho, Principal Educational Psychologist & Service Manager: Social, Emotional Mental Health and Well-being, West Berkshire Council. Dr Sancho discusses why people working in the frontline might find it difficult to recognise difficulties and offer appropriate support.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from those who work with young people. What are your experiences around talking to young people about their mental health and supporting them with their difficulties? What concerns do you have about doing this?

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Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People

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