Centennial provides More Than Sad, teen depression trainings
Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses and a major risk factor for suicide. Like all mental illnesses, depression does not discriminate. An individual from any walk of life can find themselves struggling with a mental illness from time to time.
The More Than Sad teen depression program is an educational program geared toward students in grades 7-12, teachers and parents. It provides information about the symptoms of depression, the different manifestations and possible treatments.
This program teaches students about depression using fictional stories of four different students that realistically portray the reality of today’s adolescents. It helps students make connections within their own lives and provides skills to identify symptoms in friends.
Because adolescence is such an emotional time, it is very easy for parents to believe what their children may be going through is just a phase. In some cases, it may be — but it never hurts to investigate and talk to youth. This helps to ensure the entire household is aware of the importance of mental wellness and that the affected family member gets help if necessary.
The parent and educator versions teach similar information in a similar format but also include more symptom-related education.
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