Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month in the United States. To recognize this, Charger Ink. has collected resources, information and other important facts about depression, specifically in teens.
What causes depression? According to Harvard Health, “While researchers know more now than ever before about how the brain regulates mood, their understanding of the biology of depression is far from complete.” What’s known is that depression is caused by a myriad of factors such as chemical imbalances in the brain, genetic predisposition, and stressful life events.
Depression, as well as other mental health issues, is often kept quiet and/or ignored. As a result many people hide their symptoms of depression and don’t seek help. The following information comes from Champions for Change, an organization that works to benefit students at Champion. As part of Depression Awareness Month, the club hung posters and fliers around the school, as well as spread information about depression and posted resources for those who struggle with it.

How to spot depression in teens:
Feelings of sadness, anger, or emptiness; loss of interest in favorite activities and people; low self esteem and a need for excessive reassurance; trouble thinking or concentrating; loss of sleep and increased tiredness; lack of hope for the future; changes in appetite; or mention of depressed or suicidal thoughts.

How to help a friend:
Find a time and place to talk to your friend safely, and tell them that you’ve noticed they seem different and that you’re open to listen and help. Encourage them to seek help from the school counselors, the school nurse, or their parents. Rather than giving advice, listen to your friend. If they express suicidal feelings, seek help immediately.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Depression Center: Website