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  • Welcome to our HERE Resource Library.  We hope you will find these brochures and articles helpful.
     
    Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Educational Brochure
    ADAP Brochure
    In 2010, Barrington 220 School District adopted the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program developed at Johns Hopkins as part of its 10th grade health curriculum.  Click here to download an informational brochure published by Johns Hopkins about adolescent depresssion and mood disorders.
     
    Suicide Warning Signs published by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    AFSP
    Please click here to download a copy of this publication.
     
     
    11 DOS and DON’TS of how to help a friend with depression.
    Written by Sally McQuillen – mother, social worker, 
    Erika’s Lighthouse Executive Council Member
     
    1. DO become concerned when your typically outgoing 
    friend doesn’t text or call and you realize you haven’t 
    heard from him/her in an unusually long period of time.
     
    2. DON’T take it personally that you have not heard from 
    him/her as it has nothing to do with you or anything you 
    may have said or did.
     
    3. DO connect with them and ask directly if indeed you 
    have not heard from them because they are feeling 
    down, expressing sincere concern and compassion.
     
    4. DON’T intentionally or unintentionally impart guilt that 
    they have been unavailable to you, this may contribute 
    to the guilt and low self-esteem they may already be 
    battling.
     
    5. DO realize that if they are able to talk to you about being 
    depressed that it likely requires much courage and effort 
    on their part. Also, the word “depressed” you use is not 
    the same one that they are describing; in fact, it may 
    help to ask them to explain to you what depression feels 
    like to them. Validate how hard that must be.
     
    6. DON’T make over simplified solutions for feeling 
    better. Getting better is a recipe that requires many 
    “ingredients” working together in harmony. Saying 
    things like, “going to that party will cheer you up” or “if 
    you would just exercise you would have more energy”, 
    may actually be discouraging. Trust me, if it were that 
    simple they wouldn’t be depressed.
    7. DO simply listen when they share.
     
    8. DON’T forget that their mind isn’t working quite like it 
    usually does, so their perceptions may be skewed and 
    they may be more sensitive than usual. Try to exercise 
    patience.
     
    9. DO continue to reach out to them and let them know 
    that they are important to you even if they are giving 
    you indications that they want to be left alone. Their 
    isolating behavior is the depression talking.
     
    10. DON’T forget that even if they look like they are doing 
    fine they may be feeling pretty bad. They become good 
    at making us think that they are fine because that’s how 
    they want to feel.
     
    11. DO know that all of the efforts you make to support 
    your loved ones when they are suffering are extremely 
    meaningful to them and don’t go unrecognized.
     
     
    StrengthofUs  

    StrengthofUs is an online community developed by NAMI and young adults. It's designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing.
     
    For Parents, Teachers, School Counselors and Staff, Youth Workers, and Other Caring Adults Presented by Michael Tsappis, M.D. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7-8pm ET/4-5pm PT Why is teen depression an important issue? • At least half of all cases of depression begin by age 14 • 20% of young adults will have experienced depression during their teen years • More than 85% of teens improve with appropriate treatment • Untreated depression can lead to substance abuse, self-harm, and in some cases, suicide. How can you help a teen struggling with depression? Watch our Teen Depression Webinar and learn from Dr. Michael Tsappis, as he discusses • How to distinguish between depression and teen angst • How to talk to teens about depression • How to get help for a struggling teen • How to address challenges such as the refusal of help View the webinar live to submit questions to Dr. Tsappis. After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and we’ll send you a free set of Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens, in English or Spanish. Michael W. Tsappis, M.D., is the psychiatrist for the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. His post-graduate specialty training is in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Tsappis is particularly interested in understanding psychiatric illness in the context of human development and a changing social environment.
    Register at familyaware.org/trainings Not available for the live webinar? Register today and watch it on demand, at your convenience.