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I Turned to Self-Help Books to Deal with My Depression

The thought of seeing a therapist can sometimes feel terrifying and invasive to one’s privacy. YR Media’s Sarah Ng shares how she has dealt with her depression in an alternative … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mental Illness Is Not A Choice

Ja’Nell Gore shares her opinions on the rampant portrayal of depression and anxiety as romanticized mental health issues. From her own experiences, she knows firsthand that these are not issues … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment


Depression is more than a low mood. Students at the Victoria Blended Community School in San Diego County talk about what causes this serious condition and ways to help yourself, … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Combating the stigma of mental illness

According to, about 25 percent of youth in Merced County report having depression or other major mental illnesses. Victor Seguin reports that, at his school, nurse’s offices post signs encouraging people to quit smoking, or informing … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Losing my friend to suicide

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens aged 15 to 19 in the United States. For Amalia Lopez, this became more than a statistic when her close friend in high school took … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Only smiling on the outside: How teens hide depression

Some research indicates that nearly one-third of teens between 9th and 12th grades experience symptoms of depression. But statistics won’t tell us how teens are dealing with it, hiding it, or how they might … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social media connected to depression and lack of sleep

New research shows a strong connection between social media use, irregular sleep patterns and depression. The study focused on the sleeping and social media habits of almost 1,800 adults between … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coping with depression after being bullied

Britney Michelle Perkins dealt with bullying about her looks and weight from the second grade on, and the accumulation of hurt feelings led to a long-term depression problem. She recalls how the bullying … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘The smart girl’

There were advantages to being “the smart girl” in the high school, like good grades and college options, but Soraya Shockley discovered that excelling in some areas created deficiencies in others. “I’ve always … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Youth Radio Podcast: College and depression

Anyone who has been diagnosed with mental health problems knows: depression can flare up under stress – and the academic pressures that build up in the months before college applications contribute to … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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