WHAT IS RED FLAGS?
Red Flags helps youth, parents and school staff recognize and respond to signs of depression and related mental health issues. The three-component program includes materials for school personnel, a 1-5 day curriculum for the students, and resources for parents and the community.
What Can Parents Do?
- If you suspect that your child may be suffering from depression, the first step is to be alert to behaviors that are of concern. Write down how long these behaviors have been going on, how often and how severe they appear.
- Take your child to a physician or to a mental health professional for evaluation and diagnosis. Remember to bring your notes.
- Learn as much as you can about the diagnosis, using libraries, hotlines, support groups, and/or contact your local Mental Health America.
- Ask questions about treatments and services.
- Talk to other families in your community. Remember that mental illnesses are “no fault” disorders and are among the best kept secrets in this country. Talking about them to other families and school personnel increases understanding and can open the door to compassionate help.