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My mam doesn't take my depression seriously

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my mam has deppresion and so do i, but she still make it all about her im only 13 and my mam makes me feel sad and i hate being around her i want to run away she wont even let me get meds and camhs wont answer me, what do i do 


Hi there, 

Thank you so much for getting in touch with us and explaining what’s happening right now for you and your family. You are being very brave in opening up to us. 

It sounds like that there is lot going on for you and your mum currently as both of you are experiencing depression and it also sounds like there is some difficulty in your relationship with her. Living with someone who has depression can be hard and especially so if the person is a parent; it is understandable to feel sad and as though you hate her at times.  

We are so sorry to hear of this. It is important that you remember your parents’ health issues are not about you. 

From what you are saying, you are actively looking for help and this is a great thing for you to do, well done! It is unclear from your message whether or not you have access to medical help and to medication. Remember, you have a right to receive medical assistance. Have you got an adult in your life that you trust and could speak to about your depression and medical needs around it? This adult could be a family member or someone at school like a teacher or counsellor.  

Here at Childline, we would love to chat to you more and you are welcome to contact us. For our phone line you can call 1800 66 66 66, or for our text line you can message 50101 or you can engage with us on the webchat. 

There are other organisations out there that can help you too. Perhaps you’d like to visit the following websites to see what other support services are available to you: and

You have taken a big step today in sharing your feelings and experiences, and the team here is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost. This service is completely for you and it’s your space to express what is going on for you in your life. 

We would love to hear from you when you want and wish you all the very best for the future. Please keep in touch, 


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