The University of Michigan’s Depression Center will be hosting a forum entitled “Adolescent Depression, Resiliency and Coping Skills” on Tuesday, March 28th as part of their “Bright Nights Community Forum Series.” The event will be held from 7-8:30p at the Ann Arbor District Library, and is open to the public.
Adolescence is a period of great change and great stress. Academics become more challenging, the number of competing responsibilities increase, and navigating the social world becomes more complex. Major depression in adolescents is common, with 11% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 experiencing a major depressive episode each year (NSDUH, 2014). It is important to make sure that communities are not only aware of depression symptoms, but also how they can help adolescents experiencing depression.
When depression is diagnosed and treated early, many people with depressive illnesses are able to achieve remission and maintain wellness. Even without a clinical diagnosis of depression, families and adolescents can benefit in creating a surplus of coping skills. Tapping into these coping skills in the face of stress can help build resilience in teens; both helping to prevent depression and to treat depressive symptoms.