Multiple Outlets Available for Struggling Students

Emilee Guernsey , Editor-in-chief

Throughout high school, many teenagers experience a multitude of changes. From getting your license to gaining new friends to juggling school with your social life; It can be very stressful. Unfortunately, these changes may be so stressful for some that they develop a form of anxiety, or even depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, close to three million teens aging from 12 to 17 have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Tragically, these depressive episodes may be more frequent for a large majority and could lead to self harm or even suicide.

More often than not, we as teeneagers are told that it’s just a bad day, we will feel fine tomorrow, but that’s not case for everyone. Depression should be taken seriously and students should not be afraid to talk to someone if they notice they are feeling frequently upset.

If you or someone you know begin to feel like you can’t get out of bed anymore, or you begin to feel as if you are drained constantly please talk to someone. There is an abundance of help out there for anyone struggling. If you are uncomfortable admitting these thoughts and feelings to your friends or family, you can always talk to a hotline or text at 741-741 and discuss your feelings with an anonymous person. Schools also have counselors available during school hours for students to be able to talk to as well.

If you notice a friend beginning to go through the symptoms of mood swings, constant fatigue, exhaustion or changes in appetite, check in on them. Before making drastic actions, ask them first how they’re feeling. Let them know you’re always there to talk to. It is reassuring to someone struggling with depression to know that people have not given up on them. If their symptoms begin to worsen, or they have attempted to harm themselves, contact a school counselor right away. Explain to them that you’re are concerned for your friends safety and mental health.

There are a multitude of people willing to help. There is a National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, school counselors, friends, therapists, online support groups and more. Use your resources. Seek help. Know that you’re never alone. 

For more information watch the interview with counselor Christina Hollander and principal John Sloan: Mental Health Resources for Students