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Column: Be aware of your peers

By Ysela Hernandez

“Her feelings she hides, her dreams she can’t find. She’s losing her mind. She’s fallen behind. She can’t find her place. She’s losing her faith. She’s fallen from grace. She’s all over the place,” says the young pop punk singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne as she describes what it’s like for a young teen who hides what she is feeling and feels as if she doesn’t belong or is loved.

According to the World Health Organization, many people around the world suffer from depression.

Although depression is common, it is considered a very serious mental illness that causes low energy and concentration difficulties. 
At school, this may lead to poor attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with schoolwork in a student.

“There are multiple reasons why a teenager might become depressed. For example, teens can develop feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over their grades. School performance, social status with peers, sexual orientation, or family life can each have a major effect on how a teen feels,” said pediatric emergency medicine writer Amita Shroff.

Many teens that suffer from depression try and seek for help but feel like they can go to nobody. Though depression could be hard to treat, there are many ways to help such as paying attention to a child and or teen in need of physical and mental help. However, young adults and children suffer in silence from depression and parents and teachers don’t really know what to do about it.

Adults should be more aware and open because there’s way too many teens, children and even adults.

Untreated depression could lead to many problems with one’s life as they get older. Problems like, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts, and overthinking based on why things are the way they are.

Parents and teachers should ask more about one’s day and or be more supportive about things to bring positivity. They can start by paying attention on how families handle mistakes and understand more about daily problems and issues.

Listening to your child is a great way to be supportive because it makes them feel as if you care.