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Depression & Suicide

Depression and Suicide

Discussing mental health, including depression and suicide can be taboo; However, we know that it is far too important and prevalent among young people to ignore.  Being a teenager is not always easy-going and fun, it can be difficult and painful for so many teens and their peers and without adequate support and healthy coping skills it can also be lonely and isolating.  In this section you will learn about depression, healthy coping, communication, signs of suicide and how/where to get help and much more.

Depression & Suicide

What does Depression and Suicide look like?

What does Depression and Suicide look like?

Screen Time Linked to Suicide, Study Finds

Screen Time Linked to Suicide, Study Finds

What Does Depression and Suicide Look Like?

What Does Depression and Suicide Look Like?

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Dealing with Divorce

Dealing with Divorce

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca

Feeling Stressed?

Feeling Stressed?

Factors that Influence Suicide

Factors that Influence Suicide

Grief/Loss

Grief/Loss

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

  • What Is Depression?

    Everyone feels down now and then but feeling down does not mean that you are clinically depressed. Suffering from depression is very different than simply “feeling depressed.”

    Clinical depression often causes despair and hopelessness so profound that the depressed person loses interest in life, becomes incapable of feeling pleasure and may be unable to get out of bed or eat for days at a time.

    Major depression is not necessarily caused by an event or as a result of the state of affairs in someone’s life. Often there is not a definable event that triggers depression. Experts agree, however, that certain people are predisposed to depression due to factors that include family history of mental illness, abuse, chronic illness, loss of a parent, divorce or abandonment. In some cases, depression can be wholly attributed to chemical imbalances. Whether caused by psychological factors, chemical factors, or a combination of the two, the most important thing is to identify the illness and seek treatment.

    Beyond the agonizing despair that depression causes, the major risk associated with depression is suicide. Statistics show that within five years of suffering a major depression, and estimated 25% of sufferers try to kill themselves.

    This information was reviewed by
    Samantha Thomas, LCSW Thomas Conflict Management

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Confidentiality

The Youth Project prides itself on creating a safe, non-judgmental and confidential setting in which students speak freely and can be assured that the stories they share remain private. However, all students are informed that we are a mandated reporting agency, meaning: if we have reasonable suspicion that a child (under the age of 18) has been mistreated, we are required to file a report with the necessary agencies.

We will report when a student shares information on:
Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Harm to Themselves, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Harm to Others

Confidentiality:
All sessions are confidential. However, we are a mandated reporting agency and if a student expresses a desire to harm himself or others or if there is reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, we are obligated to report to the appropriate agency. ALL STUDENTS are reminded of this before every session.***

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