Some of the topics discussed in the assigned reading this week are adolescent depression and suicide. Read that information and use your experiences to respond to the questions.
The latest figures for American adolescents show that as many as 25% of adolescents have reported feelings of depression lasting at least two weeks and that teen suicide rates have tripled in the last 30 years. What factors relate to adolescent depression?
What are some prevention strategies/interventions for adolescents who report suicidal ideations (thoughts of suicide)?
Use the list on pages 294-295 in your text to summarize appropriate responses to adolescents who report having suicidal thoughts. Why do most teens respond well to these interventions?