Thursday, May 15, 2008

Teens and Depression

Interesting study and statistics from ChurchRelevance.com. I have to say, I have seen more stress, depression, and anxiety in junior high students than I think I ever experienced in my junior high years (and I'm really only 10 years older!). So these stats make sense to me; I've experienced it for myself.

A big question for me is, why? Have students become more depressed over the course of history? Or are there the same amount of depressed teens as there were 100 or 1000 years ago and we're better at diagnosing the issue?

Another big questions is how can I help? One idea is being available for teens; available to listen, to sit in their pain with them. Another is prayer. But is there anything else I can do to love these students well?

Any ideas for helping/loving teens with depression?

2 comments:

  1. Joel~
    I think that teen years are extremely hard. I know for me middle school was difficult but that I made it through because of people who took the time to listen and care. Even the small moments made a difference. I would say that people being ready to listen and pray is the thing that keeps me going.

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  2. Anonymous-
    I am encouraged that you had people in your life who cared about you. My prayer is that every junior high student would have a loving adult available to listen.

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