To give parents a hand to make these difficult years easier, beyondblue and the University of Melbourne have produced a free e-booklet. It aims to provide parents with practical advice on how to help their adolescent children to avoid depression and anxiety.
Parenting during the teenage years can be tough anyway, despite it being when the incidence of depression and anxiety starts to increase.
There are things parents can do to support their teens as they develop into young adults such as maintain close relationships, stay involved in their lives, but encourage them to develop independence and support any challenges they face.
Strategies for parents can be downloaded at www.beyondblue.org.au.