A 1-minute video for any kid you know who may be depressed

Three weeks ago, I lost someone close to me. I don't want anyone else to go through the same thing.

A 1-minute video for any kid you know who may be depressed

If you know a teen who's struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, they might not always be willing or able to talk to you about it. For those kids, this video captures it much better than words alone.

Sometimes it could be easier to open up to strangers. Maybe there's a generational gap in the family, or maybe nobody else around has had experience with mental illness. Either way, here are a few potentially helpful sites:

  • features videos and stories from teens recounting their emotional lows and eventual triumphs.
  • For young adults who identify as LGBT or are questioning, The Trevor Project is a good place to start. It also has 24/7 support lines via both text and phone.
  • Browse therapists by location, issues, and even Skype availability at Psychology Today.
  • In general, you can read up on teen depression, trust your gut, and be aware of the warning signs of youth suicide (especially if the teen in question has recently started on or switched antidepressants).

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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