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A Glimpse into Teenage Depression

Source: When Depression Hits, Teens Find Help, NPR

Some days as a youth worker you get a little glimpse into teenage life that are unexpected and unplanned but makes you better. Such is the case with the audio above. Thank you Bob Carlton for tweeting this link.

In 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 11.4% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17. (source)

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Depression impacts lots of teenagers but I’m left to wonder how well many of us are equipped to notice the symptoms or even prepared to make a referral to a mental health professional in their area?

Leave me a comment with how you’re are training your team to look for symptoms of mental health issues and how you make referrals to mental health professionals. Is this something you talk about as a team? 

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