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You’re probably viewing this because your child scored high on the domain of mood in My Mind Check.

First, My Mind Check does not make a diagnosis. There are many reasons that a young person might report more concerns about their mood on any single check-in. There’s no reason to be alarmed, but it might be useful to know a little more about mood to help you to decide about further actions. 

Children and young people often have brief periods of feeling sad and down. This may be a result of various life events, such as challenges with friendships or peer relationships, difficulties with learning, not being selected for sports teams or leadership roles, or any other stressful period at school. Their response to these life events can be understandable and there may be no need to worry.  

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Here are a few things to consider if you’re concerned about your child’s low mood: 
  • sleep
  • attention
  • difficulties with learning 
  • suspected or existing neurodiversity 
  • medical issues needing a review with your child’s GP

Although mood may fluctuate from time to time, your child or young person may experience more ongoing low mood or depression. Feeling down, irritable, and being withdrawn for longer periods of time, and losing interest in their appearance and usual enjoyable activities could signify a depressive disorder.  

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Fact sheets

Understanding depression

For family and friends: Information on the signs and types of depression, and how you can help
12-25 years

Depression in teenagers

Causes and symptoms of depression in young people and how to look after yourself as a caregiver
12+ years

Depression in children aged 5-8 years

Signs, symptoms and ways to support your child at home
5-8 years

Programs

If you think your child’s low mood is impacting their daily life or stopping them from doing things they want to do, there are a range of evidence-based programs available for low mood which may help.  

This Way Up Teen Worry and Sadness Program

An interactive online self-help program for preventing and coping with depression and anxiety

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

12-17 years

Moodgym

Therapist-supported online treatment program designed to teach teens how to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, worry and low mood

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

 

14+ years

BiteBack

An online positive psychology program designed to improve overall wellbeing and resilience

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

12-18 years

Service finders

If you are seeking support for your child’s mood concerns, use these service finders to explore what services may be appropriate.

Head to Health

Provides resources to help your child understand and manage what they’re feeling and connect them to mental health support

Headspace

Find a headspace centre for your child. Headspace centres are located throughout Australia and are staffed with people who are trained and ready to help

Headspace Regional Phone Counselling Service

Provides support to students living in areas with less accessibility to mental health services by providing digital mental health support via credentialled clinicians during school hours

Find a GP (General Practitioner)

Find a GP suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search for bulk billing practices, opening hours, access needs, and location

Find a Psychologist

Find a psychologist suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search by issue and location. Your child may wish to see a GP prior to making an appointment with a psychologist, to gain a referral or Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from the GP