Mental Health of Teenagers

Before you read this article, we would like to implement a trigger warning for this article. If you have dealt with mental health issues, this may trigger you. And a PSA that if you are having feelings or symptoms of depression, there is help out there and you are not alone. You are loved and appreciated very much. These resources are put in place to help you, not judge you or belittle you. Please, if you need help, NEVER be scared to reach out. Resources are available if you scroll down to the end.

In a study done by the CDC in 2019, “More than 1 in 3 students and nearly half of female students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. “

Now one student out of three might not look like much, but when multiplied to a mass, more realistic numbers that “one to three” ratio looks more like a 100 out of 300 student ratio.

No matter who you are, student,  teacher,  faculty member, or parent: Everyone is affected by mental health. But most students’ mental wellbeing goes unnoticed.

 ” 85% of the people that I know need help but they’re too scared to come forward about it because they feel like they’re feeling are gonna be objectified and that it’s not gonna matter. ” Summer Fenton, a sophomore on the bowling team, stated.

High school students are at an age where their mental can really start to show. It is important to many parents that their kids stay happy and healthy and overall many people say it is important.

“Many students suffer from depression and this can affect how they do in school. ” Zulette Romero, a senior, states. 

Studies have shown that students with depression suffer from not having any efforts to do anything, therefore it leads to them not having anything done. It can cause them to have bad grades and lose credit.

Depression can have a major cause in the students’ lives, and many people say it is a very important factor to look for. 

Some signs of depression are: feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, angry outbursts, irritability over small matters, loss of interest or pleasure in most normal activities, sleep disturbances (not being able to sleep or sleeping too much), tiredness and lack of energy, small tasks take extra effort, reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, slowed thinking, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame, trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things, frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide, and unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.

You are NOT alone. All it takes is one email, text, or call and you’ll get the help you need. However, I want to emphasize that there is NOTHING wrong with the way you feel. Don’t be ashamed of your feelings. You are loved.

Here are some resources if you need to reach out: