The cuteness is gone, and so is the desire to hold your hand on the way to school and cuddle up at bedtime. The kid who used to look to you for answers for anything from “Why does the earth spin?” to “Why do I have to brush my teeth?” has been exchanged with a passionate person, a lawyer-to-be, who insists on arguing with everything you have to say. The little one who, once upon a time, came running to you crying in pain and needed you to blow kisses on a skinned knee has now disappeared behind a closed door, sharing their secret emotional pain and hurt with a sea of friends on social media.
Written By: JoAnn 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.)
January 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA
Join Ramsey Khasho, Director of The Center at CHC in welcoming a panel of local teens who will talk about what it’s like to be a teen growing up in the valley: opportunities, challenges and concerns.