10 mental health sites for teenagers and young adults with depression
10 mental health sites for Teenagers and young adults with depression
I am an active user on a community answers site and lately I am baffled on how one of the most common questions asked by teens and young adults in the mental health category is “can you help me I’m depressed and don’t want to live any more?” maybe not always in those words or order but, mostly similar to them.
Perhaps the issue of depression is more these days because of the holidays approaching; often holiday’s and special occasions tend to induce depressive feelings in some people.
Or, it may be that our younger generation has more of a difficult time handling there feelings do to pressures, lack of knowledge,self esteem and support. What ever the reason, I was saddened by the out pour of cries for help.
I was however, pleased to see these young people reaching out for help, and users on the site willing to offer thier suggestions. Perfect example of how the net is still useful in many ways.
When I was a teen and in my young adult years when I was struggling with my own demons, there weren’t too many outlets availabe where I could reach out get informed and ask for help anonymously. I had to pretty much find my own way and get out there and fight for my sanity, so I am very glad to see the many resources that are available today.
I know all to well
When a person express thier pain about emotions related to depression, especially one’s where they don’t want to live any more, it breaks my heart because I know the pain all to well. I know all the feelings associated with it, feelings of not being understood by any one, mental anguish, loss of energy, physical pain, utter confusion, completely immobilized, a dark pit with no light what so ever, etc.
Many of us are familiar with the term mental illness and how it affects individuals, and sure there has been great efforts involved in bringing awareness to this topic. I also know that our younger generation is greatly affected by mental illness related issues and that suicide is the number one cause of death among teens.
I have to admit it hit home when I logged on to the answers site and began doing a little research, it was like having another light bulb go on above my head, reminding me once again how important this issue is and how we must keep doing all we can to help those in need and continue to a spread awareness in the mental health arena, as well as break the stigma still so unfairly attached to mental illness.
Resources for mental health
Below I listed 12 sites that help teens and young adults get informed on depression related concerns and the different disorders of mental illness.
1. teendepression.org- Information on teen depression, articles for parents and teens.
2. helpguide.org- Knowledge and support on mental health related issues.
3. Kidshealth.org - Information on topics related to teens and children.
4. safeyouth.org- Resources on many areas for the younger generation.
5. suescheff.org- Information for parents on teenage depression.
6. bringchange2mind.org- Facts about mental illness and the stigma surrounding it.
7. activeminds.org- An organization involved with issues in mental health on college
8. camh.net- Information on mental health and addictions.
9. mindsonedge.org- Ideas, options, choices in the area of mental health.
10. nami.org- National alliance on mental illness.
11. anxietyinteens.com- Informative site, created by a teen for teens.
12. mentalhealthissues - An array of post to help inspire those who are suffering
If you know any other site related to this topic please feel free to let me know so that I can add it to the list.