The news this morning that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, is heartbreaking but also a fact of this mad, mad world unfortunately.
The study which involved over 10,000 young people looked at how many of them experienced signs of depression with those from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background having an increased risk of signs of depression.
The study also involved parents. It showed that some were not attuned to the true pressures of their children and that parents often underestimated the stress an concerns of their teenagers.
It’s not really surprising as parents have so much going on in their lives. So I wanted to share with you some apps which you can recommend to your teenager should you be worried about their mental health. We use apps for many things and teenagers have grown up using them. So making use of these seems like a great idea.
Of course, these apps are not and should not be viewed as a replacement for seeking professional help if you are concerned with your teenagers’ mental health. However, they can help if your teenager is feeling stressed coming up to exams or there are other changes happening in their life.
Elefriends is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind. They try and provide a place to listen, a place to share what you are feeling. It’s also a great place to read how other people are coping with particular issues. The app is free to use but is restricted to over 17’s)
Silvercloud is another free to use app which provides a wide range of interactive programmes, tools, and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues. Some of the topics covered include addressing wellbeing, life balance, time management, communication skills and relationship issues as well as stress management.
A free to use app which I think is more suited for parents as it provides general information about mental health disorders together with links to helpful videos. A good place to find out further information on mental health.
Another free to use app which was developed by Liverpool and Manchester Universities. The app allows you to record your moods and is designed to help you work through them using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.
I hope you have found some of these apps useful. Do you know of any others?
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