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Take your teenager's depression seriously

The mother of a teenage girl who was found dead at the Northgate Mall has confirmed to Eyewitness News that she committed suicide.

The teenager, Klara Götterts (14) body was found on Tuesday night after she was found near entrance four. Her mother, Liesle Göttert reported her missing earlier in the day when she failed to return home from school.

Klara's personal notebook revealed how she died, according to Liesle.

Stephen spoke to a psychologist, Dr Eddie Wolff, about factors that could contribute to a teenager committing suicide.

Dr Wolff says that teenage suicide is usually a result of an inability to cope with depression, that leads to an impulsive action.

If we see a depressed teenager, we must take it very seriously. It's not just moodiness.

Dr Eddie Wolff, Clinical Psychologuist

Dr Wolff says that parents should look out for these following warning signs:

  1. Increased moodiness and increased quietness
  2. Withdrawn behaviour - including irritability and negativity
  3. Withdrawal from peer group or appearing excluded from peers

When these signs are in place, parents should take the child to your nearest doctor to determine suicidal potential and referral to mental health specialists.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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