I discovered a few links with articles concerning depression in children. Most children’s ministry leaders will face this issue at some point in their careers. In some cases, occurrences can be quite frequent. You will notice that these and other articles often offer conflicting statistics on early onset depression. However, taken together, they can form a synthesis of general understanding concerning how it works and possible treatments.
Please read with discernment. The fact that I have linked to these sites does not imply agreement with everything they say, or endorsement of their solutions. I refer you to them simply to provide an entry point for discussion.
Understanding And Dealing With Depression (ages 6 to 12 yrs. old) By: Michael G. Conner, Psy.D, Clinical & Medical Psychologist
Depression Often Starts in Childhood: New research shows that depression starts early in life. Reviewed by Cynthia Dennison Haines, MD A WebMd.com article.
Early-onset Depression Reviewed by David G. Fassler, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, Otter Creek Associates, Burlington, VT and author (with Lynn Dumas) of Help Me, I’m Sad.