If you are a teen suffering from depression or a mental challenge, know that you are not alone. This page is here to help you cope by providing resources to help make things a little better. Scroll to the bottom to access a link to a corresponding resource page for parents and caregivers.
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View this video from South Bay teen, Brian Chao, about his struggles with depression and anxiety.
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Authentic Stories from The Mighty
It's time we started talking about mental health. Share what's on your mind, and hear from other teens around the country.
People you care about can go through mental health challenges. This tip sheet was written by youth who have been through mental health challenges. This is what they wish their friends would have known to support them. (AACAP)
Depression is a psychological condition that affects your feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. You may have feelings of sadness or irritability, a lack of energy, trouble sleeping, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, or unhappy thoughts about yourself or your life. You may even feel that your life is not worth living, or think about hurting yourself. Depression can also affect your physical health: you can have aches and pains all over, or in specific areas such as your stomach. You may have headaches, trouble sleeping, eating, or concentrating, or may not be able to pinpoint what is making you so unhappy. (Young Women's Health)
Your teen years can be the most complicated phase of your life. Some of your challenges include: more school work, changes in relationships, and changes in your body. Sometimes it can be hard to handle the feelings that come with these changes, while you’re also trying to manage the day-to-day of teen life. Some teens have a harder time than others balancing out their feelings and may turn to harmful activities such as drinking, using drugs, or self-harm. (Young Women's Health)
When you’re in danger, your body’s natural reaction is to rapidly initiate the fight-or-flight response. This brain response occurs immediately when someone senses danger and it activates many brain areas that are designed to protect you from that danger by preparing you to “fight” the danger or to escape from it (i.e., “flight”). As part of this response, the brain triggers the release of adrenaline and other hormones throughout your body, so you can respond to the threat. This protective mechanism is called the fight-or-flight response and it helps us to survive. Your emotional and physical responses during fight-or-flight can be described as panic. (Teen Mental Health)
Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. It allows your mind to digest and make sense of the day’s events. It prepares your brain for learning new things the next day. During sleep your brain even cleans itself! Simply put, sleep is essential for life and getting the proper amount of sleep helps us cope better with whatever life brings our way. This resource will help you develop better sleeping habits. (Teen Mental Health)
Self-care is about taking steps to feel healthy and comfortable. Whether it happened recently or years ago, self-care can help you cope with the short- and long-term effects of a trauma like sexual assault. (RAINN)
In Our Own Words Video Series
A series of videos for coping with mental illeness or helping a loved one cope (AACAP)