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Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Calabar Safe Space Center, held the parents Safe space session on the 19th November,2023 at GPI conference Hall, with the parents of the GPI girls.
The session delved deep into the sensitive topic of “Depression and suicidal thought”. With an incredible insightful and eye – opening discussion around the unknown and unintentional acts of the parents towards their wards/daughters that could cause depressions and distress.
A discussion on the issue facilitated by a Health service Provider, Adaeze Darlington agreed that most times underlying factors could influence the act, which are quite often unintentional but even seemingly small actions or words can leave a lasting impact on our children’s emotional well-being.
Suggestions on appropriate ways and methods to groom adolescent children during this phase of growing up included:
– Let them know you want to understand what they are going through.
– Listen if they want to talk.
– Schedule a visit with their doctor or therapist to check for depression.e.t.c
Parents were also reminded to be empathetic, supportive and seek professional help whenever needed.