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Childhood Depression

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Childhood Depression Pathway

Depression can impact every part of a young person’s life, leaving them unable to function or engage with daily tasks. It can be caused by hardships in their life, difficult early experiences, or simply by their genetics. Whatever the cause, it can feel overwhelming for the young person suffering.

On this pathway, the counsellor will work with the pupil to understand their depression, including where it comes from, what the triggers are and how they can cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed. This will help the young person to feel empowered to overcome their depression and be more able to deal with the symptoms.

Length of treatment

12 sessions delivered weekly


None required

Referral Criteria

Has had any of the following symptoms for less than 6 months:

  • Is withdrawn or sad
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Self-harming or expressing suicidal thoughts
  • Irritable or struggling to regulate emotions
  • Engaging less with hobbies and social life
  • Struggling with their sleep routine or appetite
  • Taking less interest in their appearance and personal hygiene
  • Lacks interest or motivation with school work

What we will work on

  • Explore early attachments and relational patterns to identify root of distress
  • Psycho-educate the student on causes of depression to empower and enable better understanding
  • Develop a range of strategies to recognising triggers, including CBT techniques, relaxation and mindfulness strategies (as appropriate) to cope with heightened symptoms
  • Solution-focused techniques to change unhelpful behaviours or thought patterns
  • Build self-esteem and resilience in order to cope long-term

What we want to accomplish

  • Lower anxiety levels (as measured on YP Core 10)
  • Improved mood and energy levels
  • Improved sleep routine and appetite
  • More able to understand and regulate emotions
  • More able to engage with everyday life

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