We believe that when everyone in a community has a common understanding about mental illness, we have a better opportunity to reduce stigma and protect lives.
Teen depression is a common illness that will impact nearly 20% of young people before they reach adulthood. Depression can affect every aspect of a young person’s life and impair normal functioning in school, at home and in the community. A teen may first turn to a community mental health center, a member of the clergy or a community leader to find the support and encouragement they need to seek treatment. Depression can be serious and is the biggest risk factor for teen suicide. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness often prevents youth and families from getting the help they deserve.
Reduces stigma – When myths are broken and facts are shared about depression, stigma is reduced and teens and families are empowered to talk openly - cultivating an environment that supports mental health.
Promotes early identification – When communities understand what teen depression looks like, we create a collaborative system between parents, schools, health providers, and the community.
Encourages early intervention – When everyone has the same mental health “language” and understands that like any other medical conditions, depression requires professional support, help-seeking behavior is supported and encouraged.
Protects lives – When stigma is reduced and early identification and intervention occurs, we manage depression and protect precious lives.
Through our educational programs we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy and productive life. Our programming is guided by the message that depression is common, treatable and can be serious. There is hope and help. You are not alone. Because you see teens outside of a school setting you may notice changes in their behavior that go unnoticed during the school day. You have a unique relationship with a teen and you can be very helpful in encouraging a teen to seek help for depression or any emotional difficulties. By sharing facts about this illness you can help a teen feel hopeful that they will get through this difficult struggle.
A video-based high school classroom curriculum that seeks to open up conversations about mental health, provide students with opportunities to better understand what it’s like to have depression, and inform students of where they can get help if worried about themselves or a friend.
A teen depression and mental health empowerment curriculum designed for middle schools offering a “first look” at depression.
Introducing the Second Edition of our parent-to parent guide about teen depression offering basic information about depression and practical advice to help families navigate treatment, school support, medication and much more. Download a free PDF copy.