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Six triggers of stress and depression in children and how you can help

Some of the common triggers of stress and depression in children and tips on how you can offer your support, have been revealed by wellbeing experts at charity CABA.

It comes after this paper discovered that the number of under 18 year olds referred to mental health services in West Sussex is at a five-year high, according to figures released by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust after an FOI request. Read more here  CABA said most adults think of their childhood as the ‘happiest time of their life’ but said we forget ‘too quickly that being a child – even as young as 1 – can be stressful’. Here are six common triggers and tips on how to support a child who is experiencing stress:

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5. World events

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From moving to a new house to parents separating, family difficulties and changes to the norm can be tough on a child or teenager and can cause signs of stress, according to CABA experts

6. Family difficulties or changes

From moving to a new house to parents separating, family difficulties and changes to the norm can be tough on a child or teenager and can cause signs of stress, according to CABA experts
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Parents can help by making time for them. CABA say, that although all parents are busy these days, it's important to spend more time than usual with your children if you think they're worried about something. Make yourself available for fun activities or just being in the same room as them. Ask them about their day and show an interest in things that are important to them. But try to avoid forcing them to talk about their worries ' they'll open up when they feel comfortable talking about it.

7. How you can help: Make time for them

Parents can help by making time for them. CABA say, that although all parents are busy these days, it's important to spend more time than usual with your children if you think they're worried about something. Make yourself available for fun activities or just being in the same room as them. Ask them about their day and show an interest in things that are important to them. But try to avoid forcing them to talk about their worries ' they'll open up when they feel comfortable talking about it.
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Experts claim getting the right amount of sleep and rest can help children become more resilient to stress. Children need different amounts of sleep at different ages ' find out how many hours your children need by visiting NHS Choices.

8. Encourage healthy sleep

Experts claim getting the right amount of sleep and rest can help children become more resilient to stress. Children need different amounts of sleep at different ages ' find out how many hours your children need by visiting NHS Choices.
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