2 out of 3 students with depression or anxiety do not seek treatment.
29.3% of students reported feeling depressed or sad most days in the past 12 months.
67% of students tell a friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else.
Teen Depression Warning Signs
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Anger, rage, or craving revenge
- Expressions of having no reason for living; no sense of purpose
- Restless, irritable, agitated or anxious
- Feelings of being trapped
- Withdrawal from friends, family and community
- Dramatic mood changes
- Reckless or impulsive behaviors
Teen Suicide Warning Signs
- Depressed, irritable, sad, or empty mood for at least two weeks
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and activities you used to enjoy
- Changes in appetite
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Excessive anger
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Low self-esteem or feeling guilty
- Trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering or making decisions
- Persistent physical symptoms
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Possible things to say when a friend is struggling
- You matter.
- You are enough.
- You are not alone in this.
- You are so important to me.
- I admire your courage to get help.
- I’m glad you trusted me enough to share this with me.
- I’m here for you.
- I will never give up on you.
- There are people trained to help us get through this.
- You don’t have to say anything. I’ll just sit here with you.
There are many trained individuals who can help you get through a mental health concern or crisis. If you are worried about yourself or a friend – don’t wait – get help today! Talk with a trusted adult (school nurse, counselor, teacher, coach, parent, neighbor, etc.) or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
Young people, like yourself, often have the energy, passion and idealism necessary to encourage change and growth in the world. Join Jana Marie Foundation and be a Mental Wellness Activator!
Ways to get involved with Jana Marie Foundation:
- Speak Up! Mental Health Matters. Let your community, school, and legislators know why mental health matters to you.
- Educate. Help Jana Marie Foundation spread mental health education across our community. Together we can dispel myths, spread hope, and make it known that it is okay to reach out for help and to reach out to help.
- Engage in Community Service. Jana Marie Foundation is always looking for passionate individuals to help us with our events. There are lots of ways to get involved – reach out today.
- Help us spread the word. Use your tech-savvy skills to help us spread messages about hope, kindness, and wellness. Follow Jana Marie Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to get started today!