ACS: Teen Depression

Written By:  JoAnacs-logon Kukulus, MFTi, Site Coordinator, ACS On-Campus Counseling Program

Why do we need to talk about teen depression? What do we need to know? What can we do for our adolescent children?

FEWER THAN 40% of the teens diagnosed with depression get treatment. The numbers are staggering:  an estimated 1 in 5 adolescents will experience depression before the age of 19, with around 2 million teens experiencing depression each year.  Research indicates a strong link between depression and suicide; each year approximately 1 in 50 teens makes a suicide attempt that requires medical attention and suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. (Continue reading here.)