An Article on Mental Health


Kelsey Daggs, Staff

Mental health is an important topic that is not talked about enough. You may see posters in the hallways of your school talking about bullying or suicide, but who is really going to take the time to stop and read them?


Frankly, everyone should take the time to read those posters.


Like most people in the world, you’ve probably dealt with some angst. It’s totally normal, especially as a teenager in high school. But when can you say something is really wrong?  


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the world’s most common disability, with over 300 million people worldwide suffering from it; however, lower than 50% of victims globally receive treatment.


The number of depressed teens grows increasingly alarming.


Recent surveys indicate that as many as 1 in 5 teens suffer with clinical depression. With teens, depression can be difficult to diagnose, as most adults will assume they are just moody. Adolescents do not always understand or express their feelings very well, and often do not seek help.


When lasting for two or more weeks, these symptoms can indicate depression:


  • Memory loss
  • Rebellious behavior
  • Complaints of pain
  • Poor appetite or overeating resulting in weight gain or loss
  • Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
  • Lack of concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions


Teens with depression may feel so hopeless they attempt to end their life.


Each year, roughly 5,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, kill themselves. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents and the second leading cause of death among college age youth.


Eight out of ten people considering suicide show warning signs before their attempt.


When a student starts slacking academically, teachers should make it a priority to keep an eye on the person and talk with them about how they are doing, or refer them to the school counselor.


So what can we do? Learn the warning signs. educate students, and even teachers. If you or someone else you know shows signs of depression or suicidal thoughts, reach out to someone you trust. Here are a few numbers you can call.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline 1-800-931-2237

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 1-800-656-4673

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233