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Teen Depression

  • Hotline Numbers

    • 24 Hour Teen Contact: 713-529-TEEN
    • 24 Hour Teen Contact - Espanol: 713-526-8088
    • National Suicide Prevention: (800) 273-Talk (8255)
    • Nine's Hot Line (800) 999-9999

     

    If you are having suicidal thoughs:

    • There is ALWAYS another solution, even if you cannot see it.
    • Depression can cause you to have thoughts of hurting yourself - Please get HELP first.
    • If your feelings are uncontrollable tell yourself to wait 24 hours before you take action.
    • Talk to someone you trust (parent, counselor, friend, doctor, etc.).
    • If you're afraid you can't control yourself, make sure you are NEVER alone.
    • Don't isolate yourself.

    Depression Warning Signs:

    • Change in sleeping or eating habits
    • Withdrawal from family and friends
    • Alcohol or drug usage (or increased usage)
    • Unusual neglect of personal appearance
    • Visual personality change
    • Difficulty focusing
    • Recurrent complaints about physical/emotional state
    • Lack of interest in praise or rewards

    Depression Awareness

     

    Suicide Warning Signs:

    • Talking about suicide or death in general
    • Talking about going away
    • Talking about feeling hopeless
    • Staying away from friends and/or family
    • Losing desire to take part in favorite activities
    • Having trouble concentrating
    • Experiencing changes in eating or sleeping habits
    • Giving away personal/prized items
    • Participating in self destructive behavior (alcohol, drugs, fast driving)

    ACT

     What can parents do?

    • Talk openly and freely
    • Ask questions
    • Be aware of any signs of bizarre thoughts
    • Get Help: 800 SUICIDE
    • NEVER leave a child alone when they are suicidal

    Websites

    www.suicidology.org

    www.yspp.org

    www.cdc.gov./ncipc/dvp/suicide

    http://kidshealth.org/teen/

    www.parentingteens.com

    www.parent-institute.com/educator

    www.helpguide.org