Erika’s Lighthouse Depression Awareness

In 7th and 8th grade Advisory sessions today, students learned about depression awareness and mental health empowerment. Among key points of these lessons, students learned that: ~ Depression is common, and it is treatable. ~ There are many things they could do to help a friend with depression. ~ There are various coping skills to get through tough times.

Statistics show that 15 to 20% of young people will struggle with a depressive episode before adulthood. Mental illness accounts for 90 – 98% of all youth suicides, with depression being the most common of all. Roughly 80% of young people with depression will go unrecognized and untreated. There is cultural stigma around having depression and other mental health problems. It is our goal to raise awareness of depression and reduce the stigma that surrounds it. Our message to students is that while depression is not uncommon, there is hope, help is available, and they are not alone.