My purpose for this Catalyst Conference presentation is to mobilize students to individually reduce stigma and create awareness of depression in teens. I know this is a real problem because it affects my classmates, as well as students around the country and the world. I confirmed the importance of student depression in two interviews that I conducted with local psychologists. I chose this topic because, even at my modern and supportive high school, there is still stigma and misunderstanding surrounding depression. It is important that we all, as teenagers from middle school through college, know about depression, including its risks, warning signs, preventive measures, and treatments. Once we educate our students about this horrible mental disease, then we will reduce stigma and raise awareness of it, ultimately lowering the number of students affected.
I would like to see counselors talk more about depression than they do now because, as a student, we mostly hear about anxiety and stress, not depression. I want to see posters around our school to create awareness and perhaps even an assembly to talk about self-advocating. I want it to be a bigger piece of our campus. So, in order to do all that, I am working with my grade chairs and deans to get an assembly devoted to depression in our students. This will raise awareness and create a more understanding environment for those with depression.
Call to Action:
You are going to fix this huge problem by doing one kind gesture a day.
You can smile, say “Hello,” or just hold the door for someone. These are all easy ways for you to show kindness. A simple “Hello” can make anyone’s day better and can prevent those with depression from doing something that they cannot take back, such as harming themselves or even taking his or her life.
Do something kind today! Smile! Say “Hello” to 5 strangers today!
If YOU don’t address this problem, NO ONE WILL, so please, be kind today!
Fill out this quiz to see how much you learned!
Pledge to be a positive influence in your community to prevent any more student depression!
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