Moving Through

Depression hides a person, like fog hides a mountain. When the fog clears, the magnificence of the mountain is revealed.

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Support for parents

This website has been designed to support parents of teenagers who are struggling with either anxiety or depression.

Contact Info

Melanie Medland

027 660 6963

Depression and anxiety

Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are like any other illness, the patients need looking after.

Introducing Small Steps, a 6 week course that covers C.B.T. strategies, support for parents and parenting skills to assist you as you actively nurse your teen through this illness.

Juggling the demands of a busy family, working and an ill child are hard but doable. Not only is this a time of crisis, it is also a time of growth as you deal with this illness effectively.

Our current health system

Provides medication and counselling for teenagers with anxiety and depression. There is minimal support available for the parents of these teenagers, which means parents are mainly left to figure things out for themselves.

You’re probably wondering what qualifies me

In 2018 my eldest daughter was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. We were referred to the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health service and followed their treatment plan of both cognitive behavioral therapy AND prescription medication.

Unfortunately the drugs that were prescribed didn’t work as well as expected (everyone reacts differently) and my daughter became severely depressed, severely anxious and suicidal.

Step by small step she began to get better. It was an honour to work beside her as she returned to health. It was also very scary and enormously hard work.

This course gives you all the useful strategies and tips I wish I’d known about at the time. And it allows you to reach out and connect with other parents who are dealing with the same issues.


This website is not a substitute for medical advice; it is designed to support caregivers as they support their teenagers.