The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) starts out by writing:
You are not alone. There are ways you can feel better.
The NIMH has a lot of great educational information on their website, as well as resources, statistics, and community outreach. They have a whole page dedicated to teen depression. In addition, they have information about depression and college students. Information, like the material included on NIMH’s website, is extremely important for a lot of different reasons.
One of those reasons is because, according to a cover story on TIME.com:
Anxiety and depression in high school kids have been on the rise since 2012 after several years of stability. It spreads across across all demographics–suburban, urban and rural; those who are college bound and those who aren’t. Family financial stress can make the issues worse, and studies show that girls are more at risk than boys.
Another reason to help get this information out there is because many young people do not seek help for their mental health. A 2015 report from the Child Mind Institute found that only about 20% of young people with a diagnosable anxiety disorder get treatment.
Hopefully we will find a way to help and connect with each other, and with your child. For more advice about adolescents and depression and anxiety, visit time.com/teenmentalhealth.
Did you find any of the links or article helpful for your child? If you have any questions or comments about the subject of today’s blog post, please let us know! We’d love to hear from you!