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Recognizing Depression in Students

Depression is a prevalent disorder among the youth and the onset can begin while one is in high school. It's not as simple as feeling sad or blue for a few days but is a chemical imbalence in the brain. Here are some resources for you to recognize depression in your students and how to best help them.
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Recognizing Depression in Students
  • Gelyn Angus says:
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has programs to educate both teachers, students, and parents about depression. They also offer free downloadable packets; one that particularly caught my eye was one which included letters which the district can use in the case that a student does commit suicide.
  • Gelyn Angus says:
    Looking for ideas to promote awareness in your school for depression? This site gives ideas and printable resources, including a posters which can be hung around the school.
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    Responding to a Student's Depression

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    Gelyn Angus says:
    Knowing what depression looks like in a student's behavior as well as how to help those students is imperative. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) provides examples of how the symptoms of depression may look like in the classroom as well as strategies the teacher and student can take to prevent it from getting worse.
  • Gelyn Angus says:
    The NIMH has put together a useful handout which they encourage you to print out and give to your students which details what depression is and any questions they may have about it. This can inform your students if they recognize the symptoms and encourage them to seek help!
  • Gelyn Angus says:
    At a TEDx talk, teen advocate Megan Shinnick, who has experienced depression, shares her story and encourages schools to provide more resources and programs for students with depression.
  • Gelyn Angus says:
    What exactly is depression? The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has a description of what depression looks like in teens. While the exact symptoms vary upon the particular student, depression is a period of sadness and apathy towards life.
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