Being young can be stressful. So many people to please, activities with expectations, obligations to fulfill. Changes in relationships…dealing with family and social conflicts. It all can become confusing and overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to figure out what you want to be in life and what future road to take.

Sometimes it gets to be too much and you become anxious or even depressed.  Hopefully these feelings will pass in a day or two–but if they don’t, you need to reach out to others for assistance.

How can you tell if you need help? If you experience any of the following you should seek help:

  • Feeling sad, anxious or empty for more than a few days
  • Finding yourself withdrawing from others and from normal activities
  • Not finding enjoyment in anything you do
  • Frequently losing your temper, snapping at others, or constantly feeling irritable
  • Not sleeping well
  • Never feeling hungry or losing interest in eating
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate or learn new information
  • Finding that nothing satisfies you–that you clearly are unhappy
  • Finding it hard to control urges or impulses
  • Feeling powerless to feel better
  • Thinking that everything is hopeless
  • Thinking about harming yourself or suicide

If one or more of these describes how you feel, it’s time to reach out for help.

Who can you go to?

Your school counselor, nurse, or psychologist have the necessary education and skills to listen and respond appropriately to you. They are there for you and will know how to assist you in finding the help that you need. Don’t hesitate to knock on their door.

If you have a teacher or another adult that you trust and respect, you could talk with them.

And if you are able, tell your parents what you are experiencing.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you need to talk to someone now. An immediate source of help is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Please know that you are not alone. With the help of others, you can feel better.