Being a teenager is hard. You're under constant stress to be liked, to do well in school, get along with your family and friends, and make big decisions.
You can’t avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem.
Mental health problems are real, painful, and sometimes severe. One of the most common mental health issues among teens is depression.
According to the Mayo Clinic, teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.
Teen depression can have serious consequences including suicide. It isn't a weakness or something that can be overcome with willpower. It may require long term treatment.
That's why we're dedicated to educating our students about teen depression and the resources available.
In February 2016, district administrators met with a team of therapists and a representative from the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council to develop an action plan. As a result, students in 7-12 grades participated in the "More Than Sad" program. Programs are also being developed for students in grades K-6. Parents were also invited to participate in the same program one evening as well.
Families, Inc - (501) 982-5000 - Outpatient Mental Health Counseling
Professional Counseling Associates - (501) 843-3503
The Pointe Behavorial Health - (501) 843-9233
Teen Mental Health - https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/teenmentalhealth.html
Overview Teen Depression - Mayo Clinic - www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/home/ovc-20164553
Parent's Guide To Teen Depression - http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - http://afsp.org/
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - www.sprc.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide
Arkansas Crisis Center - www.arcrisis.org
Jason Foundation - jasonfoundation.com
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - http://www.samhsa.gov/
1-888-CRISIS2 (1-888-274-7472) Online Chat Available
1-800-273-TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Crisis Text Hotline - Text HELLO to 741-741 for a FREE, 24/7 line for people in crisis
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has recently increased in frequency or intensity, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Displaying extreme mood swings