Young Adults and Teens

You are needed.
You are loved.
You can heal.
You are not alone in this struggle.
Call 1-800-273-8255 if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Or reach out to an adult you trust, like a family member or school counselor.
Call the Idaho Care Line 2-1-1

One of the first steps to recovery from crippling depression and/or mental illness is reaching out to your loved ones. 

 

Often your friends and family have noticed something is wrong, but may not know how to help. Talking to them about what you are experiencing may give you relief and them a chance to help. If you don't have a support system at hand remember that you aren't alone.

Text or Call 1-800-273-8255  to speak with someone, without judgement, about what you are going through. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide call the national hotline right away: 1-208-398-4357.

How do I know if I am depressed?

 

Everyone has bouts of sad or negative emotions, especially when going through hormonal changes during your teen years. But, if your rough patch lasts longer than a few weeks it may be time to get help.

Depression is a serious medical condition that can last months or years. Without treatment, depression can lead to the loss of jobs, sinking grades, damaged relationships, and other issues. With early detection and professional help many patients are able to heal and learn to manage their depression in a healthy way.

Young adults are often more likely to suffer from depression. In fact, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) finds that people between 18 and 25 years old are 60 percent more likely to have depression than adults aged 50 and older.

Sudden and intense sadness, irritability, sleeping too much/or too little, losing interest in activities someone usually loves, self-harming, or abuse of drugs, food, or alcohol can all be signs of depression.

The Suicide Prevention Hotline recommends watching for common warnings that may signal your loved one is considering suicide. If these behaviors are new, are increasing, or are related to a recent traumatic event it is especially important to seek professional help immediately.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like 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; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

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