Gabe Daniels - the protagonist of The Bones of Who We Are (releasing October 1, 2019) - suffers from depression. At the beginning of his journey, he’s decided he’s done fighting for his life. He walks into the woods with a plan to take his life, but life, it seems, has other plans. This quotation encapsulates one of the struggles of his depression. It is the beauty of finding the golden glow of hope, and then having that sheen diminished when a challenge presses against it.
Teen depression is an important issue. Considering suicide statistics and that the rate is five times more likely to occur in males, awareness is critical. Teen depression presents differently in teens than adults mostly because teens aren’t equipped with the experience of understanding or tools for coping. Add to that concoction the fluctuating development of the teen brain and they become a beaker of miscommunication, heightened emotions, and inexperienced decision-making.
Some signs a teen maybe experiencing depression (and at possible risk for suicide):
There are many reasons for Teen depression ranging from social and environmental factors, family and personal struggle, heredity, or stress, it is important to know that not all teens who struggle with depression are facing these factors.
If you feel like you might be depressed, don’t wait. GET HELP! Speak with a trusted adult (a parent, a teacher, a care-giver, a doctor, a counselor) or call the national suicide prevention help line call 1-800-273-8255, 24 hours a day.