Teen Mental Health Resources

 

Each of the issues depicted in the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why are real problems that teens in our community are facing. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the 13 Reasons, please see below for resources to address the core issues behind problems like loneliness, isolation and bullying, as well as mental health diagnoses like depression and anxiety. Or call Jewish Federation & Family Services for a referral, 949.435.3460.

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.

 

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  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call 1-800-273-8255

  • Text Crisis Line. Click here.

  • The Didi Hirsch Suicide prevention center. Click here

  • American foundation on Suicide prevention.  Click here

Bullying affects all youth, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who see bullying occur. Some effects may last into adulthood. The most common types of bullying are verbal and social. Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. Bullying also happens wherever kids gather in the community. And of course, cyberbullying occurs on cell phones and online.
 

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You are not born with a reputation. Instead, you develop your reputation over time through your behavior and relationships with others. If you spread rumors about others or behave badly, you can develop a bad reputation. You may also develop a bad reputation if people spread rumors or negative statements about you, even if your behavior isn't actually bad. Repairing a bad reputation takes time, honesty, and effort.

 

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Teen culture is social by nature; young people tend to move around in groups. So a teen who is isolated by chance or choice is at a distinct disadvantage and is often treated as an outcast. The effects of isolation on a teenager can be long lasting.

 

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Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.

 

Resources

 

  • Anxiety self-assesment. Click here

  • The Calm Clinic site offers information about anxiety and free tests teens can take to assess their anxiety or depression levels. Click here

  • Free apps to Download: Calm, Stop Breathe Think, Virtual Hope Box

Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes.  Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling. Sexual assault also includes verbal threats.

 

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1/3 to 1/2 of U.S. adolescents have engaged in some type of self-injury; cutting and burning are the most common types of non-suicidal self-injury. 55% of self-injurers said, “I wanted to get my mind off my problems.”45% said, “It helped me to release tension or stress and relax.”

 

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Teen substance abuse is a widespread problem that has far-reaching effects, considering that 9 out 10 adult addicts began using before they turned 18. Many teens use substances for reasons other than just having fun–it can be a sign of a deeper issue like depression, anxiety, or trauma.

 

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Depression is more than just feeling sad all of the time–it is a disorder that can affect your ability to sleep, eat, or take care of everyday life. Depression can happen to anyone at any age—even those who appear to have it all together.

 

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  • Teen depression. Click here  

  • Parents’ guide to teen depression. Click here  

LGBTQ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. Pride month began as a response to the hatred and discrimination that the LGBTQ community faced–and still faces 50 years later.

 

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Teens don’t always live up to the expectations of their families, friends, or even of themselves. Feeling disappointed in oneself or others is a normal part of life, and without proper coping skills it can negatively affect self-esteem or relationships.  This is particularly obvious on social media such as Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Communication is something that we do every single day. We can communicate both verbally and non-verbally.  Over text messages and social media, a common form of communication amongst teens, communication becomes even more complicated and easy to create miscommunication.

 

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There are several theories as to why teens act out in violence. Some of the more common reasons for acting out involve modeling behaviors. Violence can be a result of many life circumstances—such as bullying, drug abuse, mental illness, and more.

 

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