If your Teenager is in a crisis now, do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- To chat online with a counselor, click here: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- For the hearing impaired, contact the Lifeline by TTY at: 1-800-799-4889
There have been recent newspaper articles about teen suicide in our community and I want to reach out to parents and make you aware of these signs of depression in your own children so that you may get them the help they need in time.
Can you recognize the signs of depression in your teenager?
- a pervasive sense of sadness or hopelessness
- loss of appetite
- loss of interest in usual activities
- turning away from friends and family or general withdrawal
- lower grades in school, especially math
- drug or alcohol use
- sleeping too much or too little
- awake til early in the morning
- suicidal ideation
- crying for no reason
- irritability or poor anger control
- giving away their possessions
- self-mutilation such as cutting
- a radical change in behavior
You can get your teenager screened for depression and suicide risk in 60 minutes. Just schedule an appointment by calling us at (770) 729-0123. Be aware that we do not provide after hours emergency care. If your goal is to have your child assessed to determine appropriate action, call the office to schedule an appointment. More
Tell Janelle (Office Manager) that the appointment is urgent, but not an emergency, so we can get you in within the next two days. If this issue is an emergency, then take your child to the emergency room or Lakeview Hospital or Peachford Hospital which are in our area.