Depression In Teenagers
Hello! My name is Ashlyn Silva and I am a Junior attending Hong Kong International School. My project is focusing on depression in Teenagers and trying to show that it is okay to have depression, but it is also important to know that there are many people and organizations that are readily available to help. Throughout the Abnormal Psychology course, I have found myself to be more interested and intrigued in this topic. I am also really passionate about this topic because as a teenager myself, I know how hard it is to cope with the pressures and expectations that teachers, parents, and ourselves in terms of our academic life. Due to these pressures, many teenagers fall into depression or some sort of mental illness because they constantly feel like they are not good enough. Hopefully, my project will be able to reach out to those who have depression and encourage them to seek help.
For this project, I have created a poll for my school community to take. I wanted to see how much my school community actually knows about depression. Below are the results from my poll.
Based on the results of the poll, it is obvious that the students at my school underestimate the amount of teens that have or go through depression. I have also found that majority of the students find the the major source of depression is from pressures from school work.
According to Mental Health America, the adolescent depression rate is increasing and one in every 5 teenagers have depression. As I teen, I know the pressures of academics, extracurricular and trying to achieve everything at a high standard. Due to all these pressures, it is easy to develop mental illness and teenagers are normally afraid to seek help either because they were brought up in a culture where they believe that having a mental illness makes you ‘Abnormal’ or because they are afraid to reach out.
The solution for my project for is for teenagers to realize that there are ways to make use of their resources. Approaching school counselors and parents is ideal in seek help. My school holds a mental health awareness week at the end of May and I am planning to try to let my school know about the statistics and facts that I have found to make my school to be more aware of this situation.
The first step is to let all teenagers know that it is okay to have depression and you should not be ashamed of it. If you are diagnosed with depression, it is important to seek professional help. In late may, my school will be holding a Mental health Awareness Week. There will be numerous activities that will be running to making sure the student body has a strong mental health as final exams are approaching. During this week, I plan on showing the school the infographic below to show them this problem really does exists.