It’s easy to put depression into a box of symptoms, and though we as a society are constantly told mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes, we are stuck with a mental health stock image in our heads that many people don’t match. When we see depression and anxiety in adolescents, we see teens struggling to get by in their day-to-day lives. We see grades dropping. We see involvement replaced by isolation.
People slip through the cracks. We are a nation grappling with
mental health issues.
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with almost 15 million adults and one in eight teenagers affected by it every year. Most people who haven’t experienced depression may only know it as a stereotype — you know, the overly sad person sitting in a dark corner. In reality, depression doesn’t have one specific “look,” and it’s certainly more than feeling a bit down one day.
If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP.