What resources are available to depressed teenagers? How effective have these resources been? Why do some teenagers hesitate with getting help?
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For New Zealand, we have a program called Attitude. Staff members from this organisation tour New Zealand schools giving presentations about ways to build a meaningful life, and tend to focus on mental health and well-being in particular. In addition to their presentations, they also produce a website and a range of handbooks and teaching resources with focus sessions to encourage discussion.
Here are a list of websites they suggest:
I agree with all of the above, but I'd also like to add that if you're put in a position where you're about to take your own life, it can be scary hearing what someone else has to say. If you're put on the borderline, the last thing you need is someone telling you that your thoughts and feelings are stupid.
I'm guessing that most of the resources that are most easily accessible to teenagers are through the internet by nature of the media and an increase in the use of tech. Social media is also a great place to find a good number of self-help websites, such as https://www.7cups.com/.
Many teenagers are hesitant to seek help because they are afraid of the stigma that is often associated with mental health disorders. There are, however, many great anonymous resources that teens can turn to, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/). The Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a hotline (1-800-273-8255) that is available 24 hours a day and an online chat. Even though it can sometimes be difficult for teenagers to talk about depression with family and/or friends, but there are always anonymous resources that can help.
This is a website with a list of resources for teenagers who may be in need of help due to depression or suicidal thoughts. It lists out helpful hotlines (for teens in the U.S.), organizations, and websites that may provide helpful support or resources specifically for teenagers.
Some teenagers hesitate to get help because in many cultures, not just in America, there are preconceived beliefs and stereptypes held about those with depression. For some people, depression is a fake ailment, and for others, it can be a sign that something is wrong with the person and that they must have done something to become depressed. These are just two examples of problematic beliefs that prevent a lot of people from getting help. Another obstacle can be the lack of resources in certain communities. For others, they simply don't have the necessary funds to seek professional help.