Teen suicide rates are higher in the United States than in other developed countries, and the percentage of people ages 15 to 24 who have attempted suicide has increased nearly fivefold in the past 20 years.
As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 16,500 Americans each year die by suicide, more than the entire population of Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala combined.
Teen depression is a problem that impacts every facet of the American family, from health care to marriage and the education system.
While there is no easy fix for the teen mental health crisis, there are a number of things that can be done to help young people overcome their struggles and stay healthy.
First, parents need to be aware of the ways they can help their teens deal with the depression that may be affecting their mental health.
If parents aren’t aware of their child’s depression, they may find it harder to identify the cause.
Second, parents can make sure that the depression is treated as a learning experience and not a problem to be solved.
This is especially important when a teen is experiencing an emotional crisis or struggling to process their feelings.
Third, parents should keep in mind that depression can impact both the teen and their relationships with others.
For example, when a child is experiencing feelings of depression, it can be difficult for the parents to be a source of support for the child.
In fact, in some cases, children may become more isolated, less connected and more vulnerable to peer bullying.
Finally, parents must also consider the role that other teens and their families may play in their child and their mental state.