Many experts believe that January is one of the worst months of the year for depression. Perhaps January is difficult because the holidays have ended, and they weren’t as “perfect” as they should have been. Maybe January’s weather makes it harder to fight off the blues. Regardless of the reason or the season, depression is tough to beat. Experts say that 1 out of every 8 teens has depression but only 20% of depressed teens ever receive help. We have written several blogs on this subject, and we would remind everyone to review some of these important topics so that you are prepared to help those loved ones that need your support.
Depression in Teens: Signs and How to Help details the signs of depression a parent should look for in their teen and how to get their child help.
Teen Depression explores the difference between “being sad” and actual depression. It also offers suggestions for natural stress relievers for teens.
Preventing Teen Suicide focuses on depression in its extreme. It is estimated that 500,000 teens attempt suicide every year with 5,000 succeeding.
What to Say to a Depressed Teen discusses how to offer comfort to someone who is depressed without putting your foot in your mouth.