As a parent or carer, it can be really difficult to see your child struggling. It is even more difficult to acknowledge they might have low mood. Some of this may be usual pre-teen/teen development. However, bouts of more prolonged social isolation or continued refusal to take part in activities could indicate a low-mood. This can be common for young people and it can be helpful for them to know they are not alone.
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The best thing you can do is to help them get more out of life as this will help them to feel better and will improve their mood. Encourage them to plan activities with friends, family or even things they like to do on their own. Support them to follow the plan and not their mood.
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