About 1 in every 20 high school students in Australia has a Major Depressive Disorder. Many more will have sub-threshold depressive symptoms that are likely to have a significant impact on the student’s ability to achieve their potential at school. Teachers can feel powerless and hopeless in the face of students who are unmotivated, unfocussed, often undisciplined and sometimes unsafe.
Is there anything that schools can do to help these students? Is it even a school’s job to look after depressed kids?
The answer to these questions is a resounding YES. This presentation will give teachers some insights into the world of the depressed teenager and present a range of practical and evidence-based steps that classroom teachers and school executives can take to help maximize positive outcomes for these young people.