Image by: Shaka (Marchal Mithouard): Psychedelic Graffiti Artist
I’m super excited to introduce a new category to My Own Samaria! Teen Life is perspective by teens for everyone trying to live in this crazy world we call home.
Teen depression, anxiety, and suicide are very common today. Here are some statistics regarding teen depression rates according to www.teenhelp.com:
- 17.3% of adolescents that had a major depressive episode in 2014 were female.
- 5.7% of adolescents that had a major depressive episode in 2014 were male.
- 5.7% were 12 years old.
- 8.7% were 13 years old.
- 10.7% were 14 years old.
- 13.0% were 15 years old.
- 14.1% were 16 years old.
- 15.1% were 17 years old.
Teens suffering from depression are at a higher risk for the following:
- 30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem.
- Teenagers with depression are likely to have a smaller social circle and take advantage of fewer opportunities for education or careers.
- Depressed teens are more likely to have trouble at school and in jobs, and to struggle with relationships.
- Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Teens with depression seem to catch physical illnesses more often than other teens.
- Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, the third leading cause of death among teenagers.
- 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from a mental illness, and suffering from depression can make a teenager as much as 12 times more likely to attempt suicide.
- Less than 33 percent of teens with depression get help, yet 80 percent of teens with depression can be successfully treated.
Suicide rates among teens are alarming. Here are the stats according to http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.pdf
- Among students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. during 2013:4
- 17.0% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months (22.4% of females and 11.6% of males).
- 13.6% of students made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the previous 12 months (16.9% of females and 10.3% of males).
- 8.0% of students attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months (10.6% of females and 5.4% of males).
- 2.7% of students made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or an overdose that required medical attention (3.6% of females and 1.8% of males).
Bullying is a growing trend among teens. It’s a real thing people. It comes in so many different forms now with different social media sites and in school too. Sometimes, for teens, it seems like it won’t ever end. Social media can really build someone up or completely destroy someone’s life. It just really sucks for them. I look back to when I was a teenager and thank God that there wasn’t social media then. A shift in the parenting realm during early stages in life is one way to squash bullying once and for all.
Now, on a different note… Teens don’t like being “put into a box”, “being labled” or “put into a specific category” sometimes. They’re trying to figure life out the best they can with the limited life experience they have, and they’re getting all these serious things thrown at them at once. It’s kind of a big deal! Bridges are cool. So, can we all try and bridge the gap between teens, parents, and society, and shine the light on each unique teen? Celebrate the person they’re trying to become!
I just want to say that it’s cool to get insight from all ages. Teen stories are just as important as adult’s. Let’s be the force to let these teens know they are loved and they’re important. I feel like any awareness I can bring to people in my slice of the world is better than not doing anything at all. Starting tomorrow, I will shine light on a special teen. As long as I have volunteers, I will bring it to you weekly! So, spread the news. If you have a teen, know a teen, or are a teen, please send them my way! Don’t worry; the posts will remain anonymous to protect their identities. I have some pretty cool chicks in the line-up the next three weeks!
You rock teens! Join me to prove it to the world!
Peace, Love, and Jesus,
If you would like to join the movement email me. firstname.lastname@example.org