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The Best Way To Help Is Not to Think About It Too Hard.

There are a thousand different experts saying a million different things about teen depression and suicide. There are PSAs and campaigns that fight to get the word out about the “truth.” But the fact is, we see it. We have friends who are depressed and we struggle with how to help them.

A Friend Can Be a Lifesaver

When my father taught me how to swim, we started with treading water. I watched my father, his torso above water, slightly bobbing up and down. But no matter how hard I tried, my arms ended up flailing about and my body oscillated between partially to fully submerged beneath the water.

Silver Lining

As a sophomore, my parents got divorced and I sustained two concussions within two months and have suffered from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) ever since. I went from being an honors student who never needed help to being enrolled in special education. I wasn’t able to do things with my friends because often I didn’t feel well enough, and after a while they got tired of me not being able to, so they stopped asking.

Anyone Can Go Through Difficult Times

It is strange- to feel alone but be surrounded by thousands of people. My heart ached, I cried non-stop, couldn’t eat, sleep, or motivate myself to do anything. In an instant it seemed like everything had been taken from me.

A Little Kindness Can Go A Long Way

During dinner one evening, you hear on the news of a teenager’s suicide. Usually, you would shake your head at the tragedy and then continue to eat. But that night, you wonder.

A Glimpse of Hope

“Love is a desire for and a delight in the well being of the one loved; to active and a self sacrificing effort on their behalf” (Cooper P. Abrams III). In the midst of an unimaginable hardship, a single friendship may save a struggling teens life.

We Can Change

I walk through a day of unmet glances, of silence. I want so much to feel something. It feels like the world is sharing this intimate secret and they didn’t bother to include me in it.

Getting Help Was the Hardest Part

Getting help was the hardest part. I was suicidal for about four months, and for a large part of it, I was coping. I managed to go through my life with very little change, because if my trash was suddenly filled with torn-up scraps of half written notes, no one else noticed.

Facts about Suicide & Depression

Check out this handout from the American Association of Suicidology.

What is Depression?
Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder. The lifetime risk for depression is 6 to 25%. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 9.5% or 20.9 million American adults suffer from a depressive illness in any given year.