Preventing Student Depression


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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“Teen Depression.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2018. Accessed 11 Apr. 2018.

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  1. April 27, 2018 by Talia.Cieslinski

    I love how you use pictures to illustrate your point! I think you do a great job of reducing stigma and creating awareness through this project. Good job!

    • April 28, 2018 by Sydney Martin

      Thank you, Talia! I tried to make my presentation engaging for any reader, while also getting my point across.

  2. April 27, 2018 by Cassie Delfini

    Hi Sydney! Your project is somewhat similar to mine because I did talk about depression. I think your project is very good, and I liked how you presented your information. I think that you can add a few more words, but of course pictures are great as well.

    • April 28, 2018 by Sydney Martin

      Thank you, Cassie. I agree, I could’ve added a few more words, and I wondered if I should, because there’s always more I can add! But, I wanted to allow any reader to understand it, and I didn’t want to clog up my presentation with too much text, so I went with more pictures to describe what I wanted.

  3. April 27, 2018 by Caroline Ortiz

    Hi Sydney– not only was the format and layout of your project interesting and caught my eye, but your information was great! I like how your “call to action” is a simple and easy way for all of us to make change and help those with depression. It shows how making change can happen in the simplest and easiest ways, as simple as a wave or hello. Good job!

    • April 28, 2018 by Sydney Martin

      Thanks, Caroline! I really worked on the formatting the most because I figured it would either make or break my project. If it was too dense, no one would want to read it, but if it had too many pictures, no one would see it as a smart or well-researched presentation, so I had to find the balance (and I hope I did). I also tried to make my call to action something that anyone could do, no matter if you see depressed students in your daily life or not. Anyone can do these things, and I hope that they do!

  4. April 29, 2018 by Taylor Boozer

    Sydney this looks awesome! Very informative and think your right–depression is a stigma in our community that needs to be talked about and addressed so more people feel ok with getting help. I also really like that you gave numbers for people to call if they feel depressed–it’s good information to have on hand.

  5. April 29, 2018 by Kiley.Herlihy

    I thought you did a great job wit this topic! I liked how you began with the explanation of why you chose this topic, as it brought to light the personal aspect of this project. I thought that the layout was engaging, as well as effective for getting across your information. Your call to action was also very effective. While easy to do and something that doesn’t require a lot of effort, you make it clear that something so small can make an enormous amount of difference in someone’s life. Great job!

  6. May 01, 2018 by William.Finley

    Hey Sydney I really like your project! I had a similar topic and I find this topic to be very important and interesting. I like how your project is full of pictures and video to help draw in the viewer and capture their attention!

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