This video outlines the difference between temporary feelings of sadness or the emotional rollercoaster of being a teen, from the illness that is depression. I have found that once all my students start experiencing medical student syndrome and diagnosing themselves that this video makes it explicit what is temporary feelings and when you need to talk to a doctor.
This lesson plan does an excellent job of teaching the essential components of understanding and recognizing depression. The conclusion emphasizes that help is out there. This website provides information about a hotline in Europe, so I substitute that information with information about my local area.
This collection of TED Talks really focuses on sharing hope in the face of depression. I have found that both students who experience depression as well as those who have friends experiencing depression really appreciate this hopeful information alongside the scary reality of talking about depression.
This slideshow does an excellent job of facing head on some of the societal myths about depression. I think it is important to dispel these myths directly rather than just trying to replace incorrect knowledge with facts.
This article provides extensive information on depression, including the different types. I think it's essential to differentiate temporary feelings of sadness from chronic depression disorders, and this article does an excellent job of making this point.
As with many other health topics, I think it's essential to start with the science behind the symptoms. Explaining the neuroscience can start to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness. This video does an excellent job of making the point that depression is a neurological illness not a failure of a person's character.