My son suffers badly from depression but he still can't get help

DEAR DEIDRE: MY son suffers badly from depression but because he hasn’t significantly injured himself or needed to stay in hospital it seems he isn’t a priority.

He is 19. He hasn’t been well for a number of years, but I’ve only learned just how serious it was since he opened up to me about how he felt a year ago.

I am his 43-year-old mum. He has had therapy, but the six sessions offered weren’t enough.

He was so distraught the other day, he went to A&E at our local hospital but they sent him home.

My son talks of the future, but when things get too much he doesn’t want to live.

It’s upsetting seeing him so obviously lost and on the verge of giving up completely.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Knowing that your child is feeling depressed can be incredibly worrying as a parent, but it’s positive that he has been able to talk to you and is being open now.

Young Minds can help you best support him.

They have an informative website and parents’ helpline (0808 802 5544 youngminds.org.uk). My support pack Defeat Depression will help too.

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