Depression can be overwhelming and can make you feel hopeless, but it is important to remember it is treatable. Ask a parent or trusted adult for support. The following tips can also help you cope.
If you are in immediate crisis or feel like hurting yourself or others, call (877) 7CRISIS or (800) 273-TALK, or text “HOME” to 741741. You can also call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department. Don’t wait to get help.
Try not to bottle up your feelings
Seek out a trusted friend or adult, such as your parent, to talk to about your feelings and what is on your mind.
Understand that there is a name for what you are going through and that you are not alone
At least half of your classmates will experience symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. Even if you feel alone, know that there are other people who have felt the same way you do and can help support you through these feelings.
Keep up with friends and activities
Even if you do not want to do things, you should still try to do them. Push yourself to try to do fun things, even if you have to go through the motions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the activities you used to enjoy may not be safe in their typical form. Talk to your parent or guardian about activities you can have fun doing while still being safe.
Do something that makes you feel proud.
Do your homework, finish a chore (such as cleaning your room) and notice what a good job you did. Feel proud of your hard work. Set small goals like this to help keep that proud feeling going throughout the week.
Talk about your sadness
Sometimes when people feel sad, the things they think about are sad, too. If your best friend told you they were feeling really sad or had a problem, what would you say to support them? Try talking through your own sadness with a friend.
Talk about scary thoughts and feelings
Sometimes when kids feel upset, they think a lot about death or dying. If you notice yourself having scary thoughts such as “I want to die,” tell a trusted adult, such as your parent or guardian. Get help or call 9-1-1 right away if you feel like you might hurt yourself.
Focus on getting enough sleep
We are more likely to get upset or feel down if we don’t get enough rest. Try to make the hour before you go to bed peaceful and relaxing. Try to stay away from your phone and the TV, since the light tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime.
If your child expresses thoughts of wanting to harm themselves or others, call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency department.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
Text any message to 9-8-8
Chat online at 988lifeline.org/chat
Crisis Text Line:
Text “HOME” to 741741
Find a mental health provider
Check your insurance website or the back of your insurance card.
Explore Psychology Today’s “Find a Therapist” tool.
Call CalOptima Behavioral Health (Orange County, CA).