Do you know. . .
The warning signs of adolescent depression?
The best ways to respond to a teen considering suicide?
With suicide as the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24*, school administrators, guidance counselors, and psychologists must understand — and know how to address — adolescent depression. This workbook is the lifeline they need! Counselors can use it in their work with teens, who'll use the surveys, checklists, practical tips, fill-in-the-blanks, and brainstorming activities to recognize depression in themselves, learn what they can do to feel better, and build a safety plan to stay well. And all education professionals can work through the book to increase their knowledge of the symptoms, causes, treatments, and effects of depression. Recovering from depression is possible — and this interactive workbook guides and supports both teens and the professionals who help them on the journey.
This revised edition is packed with tips and activities on
dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings
changing negative thought patterns to positive ones
reaching out to friends and supporters
avoiding substance abuse
solving problems constructively
recognizing and avoiding “triggers” of depression
*American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001
About the Authors
I. Getting Started
Am I Depressed?
Helping Myself Feel Better Right Away
Using the Rest of this Book
II. Things I Need to Know About My Physical and Emotional Health
Getting Good Health Care
III. Things I Can Do to Help Myself Feel Better
Friends and Supporters
Avoiding Substance Abuse
When Bad Things Happen
Diet, Light, Exercise, and Sleep
Helping Myself Relax
IV. Things I Can Do to Maintain a Positive Outlook Over the Long Term
Changing Negative Thoughts to Positive Ones
V. Building an Ongoing Recovery and Safety Plan
Monitoring My Moods and Preventing Depression
Developing a Safety Plan
Dreams and Goals
Appendix A: If a Friend Is Depressed
Appendix B: Information for Parents
Appendix C: Important Telephone Numbers
Appendix D: Information for a Friend