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National Depression Screening and Bullying Prevention Month

Regina Vogt-Purdon, LISW-S

October is National Depression Screening and Bullying Prevention Month. In children and teens, depression and bullying often go hand-in-hand. Children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, even to the point of having thoughts of suicide. It is important that caregivers ask children regularly if they are being bullied or if they, themselves, are bullying other children. Furthermore, it’s essential to monitor for changes in children’s behavior that may indicate depression, such as:

  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Increased irritability
  • Trouble with concentration and memory
  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Increase or decrease in sleep or appetite
  • Complaints of unexplained body aches and headaches
  • Social isolation
  • Decline in school performance
  • Less attention to personal hygiene or appearance

Studies show that asking children if they’re having thoughts of suicide does not increase the likelihood of attempted suicide; rather, it fosters an open dialogue with children to help caregivers connect them with mental health supports. If you are concerned that a child you love is experiencing depression, please call Children’s Hospital’s Psychiatric Intake Response Center (513-636-4124) for resources.

National Depression Screening And Bullying Prevention Month
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