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    Hey there!

    I'm 18, currently in sixth form, and have been depressed for quite a few years now. It's gotten to the point where it's affecting my life and school work efficiency. I have no motivation to do anything and all I really want to do is sleep the days away.

    I'm in a position where I'm unable to see my GP or a specialist about my mental health due to my parent. However, a friend of mine recommended visiting the social worker at school.

    As I'm 18 I know the social worker is under no obligation to tell my parent about anything - and it'll take place during school hours so my mum won't find out. However, I was wondering to what level of concern would it take for the social worker to alert my school/parent?

    Thank you!
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    Hey,
    I am 18 and I have just dealt with a period of my own depression. This was accompanied by a large majority of my best friends self harming (Im sorry to say myself included) in a short space of time.
    I recently consulted my parents on this and other matters and they were far more understanding than I thought. I think your parents may freak out to start with but in the long run they will try to support your interests and helping you.
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    Your parents will be far more understanding if you tell them, than if they find out some other way. As this may be seen as a betrayal.
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    I know that my mum wouldn’t understand, especially so close to exams. She’d blame it on exam pressure and would pass it off as nothing. Hence why I’m trying to seek help through the social worker at my school but making sure I don’t cross the line so she’d find out.
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    Ok, then it is very easy you simply email the school counsellor and book an appointment. Then you turn up. They are bound by law only to disclose what you say and they have no right to tell your parent at all.
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    (Original post by Cshell)
    Ok, then it is very easy you simply email the school counsellor and book an appointment. Then you turn up. They are bound by law only to disclose what you say and they have no right to tell your parent at all.
    Actually it depends what is discussed.......if they have safeguarding concerns, other people have to get told(I don't know who exactly), to prevent any allegations about not acting upon information. This is also the law
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    But, if you are at risk you need proper professional counselling and it is best if you try and get that as soon as possible despite the possible fall out
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