Last week Dick Moore visited Hanford to give two very thought provoking talks one to staff/parents and another to the girls about depression and mental health.
He shared with us the tragic experience of losing his son Barney to suicide. He explained that depression had been a contributing factor in his son’s death and how this illness is becoming more prevalent amongst young people. The pressures of education expectations and an increasing desire by young people for recognition on social media has contributed to feelings of anxiety and stress. He also highlighted distressingly high rate of suicide amongst young people.
However, he explained that resilience is learnable and teachable in schools and at home. As adults we can all help young people by staying connected with them, continuing to be active and to keep the conversation open and ourselves up to date with the sorts things that interest our children.