Teen Stories in Video
Videos for teens by teens…
See and hear what teens like you have to say about suicide.
Being GLBT… Look to the future.
I lost my best friend… How could I have helped?
Suicide strikes every community… Samaritans listen and care.
Suicide Prevention: Test Your Knowledge Now!
Make sure you're prepared. Review our website then take our quiz to see how much you know and have learned.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
Whether you are in middle school, high school or college, we all need help. Learn more about the value of getting support!
Important "How to" info
Know the Facts
Myths about depression make it hard to act, so friends really need to know the facts. Below are some of the most common myths about depression—mouse over each myth to reveal the fact!
It is normal for teenagers to be moody. Teens don't suffer from "real" depression.
- Depression can affect people at any age or of any race, ethnic background, or economic group.
Teens who claim to be depressed are weak and just need to pull themselves together. There's nothing anyone else can do to help.
- Depression is a serious health disorder requiring professional treatment. A primary care doctor can diagnose and treat medical issues while a counselor or therapist can help you to learn more positive ways to cope with problems. The best care is coordinated between medical and behavioral health.
Talking about depression only makes it worse.
- Talking through feelings lets your friend know you care. By showing friendship and concern and giving nonjudgmental support, you can encourage your friend to talk to his/her parents or another trusted adult at home, at school, faith based organization or in the community about getting help.
Telling an adult that a friend might be depressed is betraying a trust. If someone wants help, he or she will get it.
- Depression, which saps energy and self-esteem, interferes with a person's ability or wish to get help. If your friend is reluctant to ask for help, you can talk to a trusted adult—that's what a real friend would do.
If you had a difficult problem and needed to talk, would you talk to?