Sad, Bored or Isolated

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MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for adults. Their online sessions are aimed at anyone working with children or young people.

This session covers social isolation, loss and grief in children as well as the difference between clinical depression and the normal feelings of sadness. It also provides ways to respond and help those who are distressed but not depressed.

  • Children and teenagers can become sad, or tearful, and can experience loneliness or boredom. Such emotional experiences are entirely normal and to be expected. It is important to appreciate the difference between depression and sadness. 
  • To have a diagnosis of clinical depression the child or young person should have at least four symptoms, each with sufficient severity, persistence and negative impact on everyday life.
  • Depression in children leads to an increased risk of having significant mental health issues in adult life.
  • There are several specific talking therapies with an evidence base for the treatment of depression.
  • Far too few children and young people are receiving the appropriate help for depression.

Access the full MindEd session here.
Content provided by MindEd. Author: Raphael Kelvin. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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