Adolescence can be intense. These years can be both amazing and tough. Emotional and social changes go right along with all the physical changes. These are the times when students are striving for independence and establishing stronger bonds with friends. They might be worried about grades, relationships, fitting in with a group at school or body image. Some teens feel depression or hopelessness because they are in situations that are truly beyond any teen’s coping skills – sexual abuse, an alcoholic or drug-addicted parent, or other serious family problems.

Feelings of isolation and depression can result. There is help out there. Tell your parents or another trusted adult what is going on and how you are feeling. If you are very concerned about your self or someone you care about and feel they are in immediate danger, please call 911. They will help! These resources can also help support teens.