PARENTS must educate themselves to spot the early signs of depression in children, comedian Ruby Wax warned at a mental health conference yesterday.
Wax, who openly acknowledges she is on medication for depression, said families must have an atmosphere of openness.
She was told that Ireland's suicide rate is soaring because of financial problems in families, but she said signs of depression could be spotted.
She said: "Children do have a look in their eye that just doesn't 'go'. When you have depression, your skin or your hair changes. Certain ways of thinking change
"I would say to families to get educated so they can spot the early signs. Give them an atmosphere so they can talk about it. A lot of people take their lives because they don't know who to go to and they are ashamed of their depression."
She is studying for an MA in cognitive behavioural therapy at Oxford University, in England. She made her comments to the conference of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland in Sligo.