Depression & Suicide
As a parent, it can be scary when your teen is experiencing deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Short-term depression in teens is often caused by a general feeling of hopelessness. That hopelessness could come from something big, like a traumatic experience, or something seemingly small, like a teen setting unrealistic expectations for themselves.
Since adolescence comes with so many natural mood swings, depression in teens can be difficult to identify at first. Look for consistent patterns of a depressed mood, lack of interest in their favorite activities or excessive sleep.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR TEEN
If you’re noticing a pattern of depression in your teen, it would be a good idea to connect them with a licensed therapist for an evaluation. They will be able to determine whether your teen is just in a slump or if they need intensive therapy and/or medication.
If you suspect your teen is suicidal, don’t be afraid to ask them about it. Express your concern and let them know that your number one priority is to keep them safe. If you are afraid that they’re going to commit suicide, don’t hesitate to call 911 or admit them to a psychiatric hospital for observation.
HOW TREEHOUSE HELPS
TreeHouse provides a safe place for teens to find hope again. Through mentoring, teaching and fun TreeHouse teens find themselves on a road to recovery. Our Support Group program is a great place for struggling teens to work through their feelings in a group setting as they learn they are not alone.
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