Hello Friends and Family,
Everyone has just had one of those "bad days" those times where you would rather do anything but be awake and facing the day? Yeah. We have all been there. Depression in teens is much more serious then that though. Depression is a series problem that should be handled with care. Some signs of depression include, staying away from family and friends, sadness, feeling lost or hopeless, changes in sleeping habits or even thoughts of death and suicide. If you or a friend is having any of these symptoms, there are some ways you can help. Talking to them makes a huge difference. A friend's opinion is a very special one, and chances are they will think about what you are saying. Make sure to offer support and let them know you care a lot about what they are going through. It is important for them to know that they have someone to talk to. When they do decide to open up and talk, make sure you are there to listen. :) Stay with the friend and make sure they know you care. Be sure not to leave a friend who is feeling isolated or depressed. It will only make things worse. You can also encourage your friend to get some help. Being a friend of someone who is depressed can give you a huge advantage. They will listen to you more. Make sure to tell someone if they are having suicidal thoughts. They need some help, and will greatly thank you later when you tell someone. :)
Now, what if it's you who is feeling depressed? If you are the one feeling depressed, then you should know that there is always another solution out there. Things might feel really bad, frustrating and like there is really no hope, but there is. Talk to someone if you are feeling depressed, even if it's your friend. Sometimes the best thing for you can be talking to someone who cares. Please see the sites available to help you or your friend with teen depression.
Where does God fit into all this? God hates to see any of us, his sons and daughters in Christ depressed, stressed, or in pain in any way. He cares about each and every one of us so much. He wants you to reach out to him when you are feeling stressed or depressed. He knows what you are feeling and wants to help you. He is walking with you every step of the way and cares about you so much. :) I hope all of you have an amazing rest of your night. Please check out the resources at the bottom of this blog if you are feeling depressed. :)
"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9