Know the Facts
It is natural for a youth to feel sad sometimes. All people feel emotions as they react to experiences in their lives. Youth can have strong, negative feelings following arguments, breakups or even performing poorly at school. Most of the time, youth can deal with bad feelings and get past them with time and support. Depression is different from feeling sad or disappointed.
Depression is a more intense mood of sadness, despair or hopelessness that lasts longer than a few days. Depression can last for a few weeks, months or sometimes longer and interferes with the ability to do normal activities like going to school, engaging with friends and family and enjoying extracurricular activities.
It is important for adults to begin to Recognize the Signs of depression in the youth around them.
Recognize the Signs
- Unusually sad mood
- Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities
- Lack of energy and tiredness
- Feeling worthless or feeling guilty
- Thinking about death or wishing to be dead
- Withdrawal from family and friends
Project AWARE: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Learn more about how to help a young person with depression and other mental illnesses by attending a local Youth Mental Health First Aid course. The course provides adults with the knowledge and skills to recognize mental illness in youth, help a youth experiencing a mental illness and respond to a mental health crisis.