With today being World Suicide Prevention Day, there’s no better time than now to talk about depression, a topic that might seem taboo or hard to breach. According to the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), a suicide prevention centre in Singapore, suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 29.
One child lost is one child too many, and some of the risk factors for teen suicides include academic-related stress, relationship problems at home and in school (including bullying) and existing mental health issues. A poor support network or lack of outlets for youngsters to express themselves and share their innermost feelings could also make them bottle their feelings up instead, contributing to stress and depression.
It is, therefore, essential that parents, siblings and relatives know the key warning signs of depression – to prevent a tragedy from happening. Read on to find out 8 tell-tale signs that your child or teenager might be facing depression: