Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24. One in eight teens suffers from depression and, statistics show, people who are depressed are 14 times more likely to commit suicide.
Some Risk Factors of Teen Depression:
• Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
• Conflict at home
• Bullying online or at school
• Family history of depression or mental illness
• Low self-esteem
• Drug and alcohol abuse
Some Symptoms of Depression:
• Restlessness or agitation
• Substance abuse
• Eating disorders
• Lack of energy or concentration
• Loss of interest in activities, friends, etc.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, there are ways to get help. Don’t ignore the signs. Find resources here or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.