depressionIs your child struggling with depression during the COVID-19 lockdown? In this post, I’m going to share 3 tips on how you can help them.

I was reading online where it was reported that there has been a 200 percent increase in hospital admissions for substance use disorders and a 100 percent increase in suicide attempt admissions compared to the year before. These are devastating numbers.

First, here are a few things you can look for to see if your child is fighting depression:

Perhaps they are showing consistent feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness. Are they having angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters?

HERE IS TIP # 1

Reach out and Be willing to listen.  Have a conversation with your child and let them know that you want to understand how he or she feels. When your child wants to talk, listen carefully, but avoid giving advice or opinions or making judgments. Just listening and being understanding can be a powerful healing tool.

Maybe you are seeing your child express feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming themselves for things that aren’t their responsibility. 

HERE IS TIP # 2

Give positive reinforcement. Do not just brush these feelings off. Kids are still developing their coping skills so we should not assume that they can deal with situations like we do. Children with depression may judge themselves harshly and find fault with everything they do. Remind your child about their positive qualities and how much they mean to you and others.

 

Depression can also manifest in unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches. Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort. Some kids will pull back on previously fun activities like martial arts, crafts or playing outside which can lead to anxiety and restlessness.

HERE IS TIP # 3

Encourage Exercise – Exercise is extremely beneficial for people with depression. It releases chemicals called endorphins that improve mood. An analysis of 25 studies on exercise and depression reports that exercise has a “large and significant effect” on symptoms of depression.

Taekwondo is a great exercise both for mental and physical benefits. Our classes engage our students and prompt them to be the best that they can be, helping them see and realize their potential.

I hope you found the answers here helpful. At Swift Current Christian Taekwondo, WE BUILD PEOPLE, To see what one of our classes looks like click the link and schedule a free trial class in person or online.

I have included some resources below to help you. Thanks for reading and I pray your story has a happy ending. 

 If you need immediate assistance call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Canada Suicide Prevention Helpline (1-833-456-4566)

 Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)

 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (1 800 463-2338)

 Crisis Services Canada (1-833-456-4566 or text 45645)

Helpful numbers in U.S. include:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800-273-8255 (1800-273-TALK)

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Local Samaritans branch

Mental Health First Aid

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