Suffering in the dark

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 […]

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Depressed and navigating college

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 […]

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How does your community view depression?

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 […]

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#FeelBetter: How hardcore music helps me cope with 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 […]

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Masculinity and depression: Why men don’t come forward.

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 […]

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Youth breaking the silence on depression

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 […]

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For depressed youth, a chance to break the silence

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 […]

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Families can help break the stigma of depression

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 […]

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