Youth often experience depression after leaving home for the first time, and encountering the emotional challenges of making their own way in life. But what if, when you come back to your home town, you find a scary place where it feels safer to hide your feelings, where depression is stigmatized and medical treatment for mental health is hard to come by? “One doctor […]Read More Suffering in the dark
Amber Carvarlez suffered emotionally when her mother died, but she felt like she needed to hide her sadness from her family. Hiding it, she says, made it even worse. “My family in America know that life in the Philippines could be much harder. So they choice to focus on getting past hardships and not falling down a rabbit […]Read More Dealing with depression, without family support
A 2012 survey found a strong majority of college students reported experiencing a mental health crisis sometime during college. What supports can students – living for the first time away from home – seek to ease the emotional pressures of the transition to independence? “In this age group we have adults who are venturing into very […]Read More Depressed and navigating college
Most people can remember feeling anxious or sad at times, but for many young people these feelings amount to more than a day or a week of high school blues. But depression in teens can be hard to recognize, especially when you factor in cultural stigmas around mental illness. Some research also suggests that depression can run in families. But that doesn’t mean […]Read More How does your community view depression?
Teenager Robert Cervantez has had feelings of depression since middle school. When Robert started self-harming to cope, his family tried conventional therapy – but it didn’t seem to help. Ultimately, one particular brand of music, and the community around it, provided that cathartic outlet that Robert so badly needed. He shared his story for the #FeelBetter social-media campaign, where young people share stories about depression and what they […]Read More #FeelBetter: How hardcore music helps me cope with depression
While suicide rates have seen a sharp rise among Americans – more people now die from suicide than from car accidents – depression remains commonly under-diagnosed among males. Stigma and other cultural forces play a part in hiding a widespread problem for men. “As the oldest male in my house, as Mexican, and a male in general, I couldn’t show any of these feelings. Being […]Read More Masculinity and depression: Why men don’t come forward.
About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Interviews with young people at a health awareness fair, connecting through the hashtag #FeelBetter, revealed the experiences of depression that are often left out when mental health is the national spotlight. “People in my age group, they don’t […]Read More Youth breaking the silence on depression
With the death of comedian Robin Williams this month, Long Beach teen Alma Rodriguez thought the friend she lost to suicide two years ago. The tragedy reminded her of the importance of looking for and knowing signs of a friend struggling with serious depression. “No matter how ‘fine’ people say they are, always make sure you look at all the little […]Read More What it’s like to lose your best friend to suicide
While young people usually avoid the physical ailments burdening their elders, the accumulation of mental and emotional stress poses significant problems for them, especially teens. Social stigma around depression as a mental illness often leaves sufferers to tough it out on their own. In hard times, if they don’t see an open door, young people will often their feelings to themselves — a silence that […]Read More For depressed youth, a chance to break the silence
A recent report revealed mental diseases and disorders as the largest cause of hospitalization for kids in California. A recent forum on youth depression in San Francisco brought mental health researchers together with therapists and youth, who shared their personal stories and elucidated that startling statistic. The key message of the forum was that depression is a treatable illness. “By sharing their […]Read More Families can help break the stigma of depression