Many times teenage mental health problems are swept under the rug, because they get labeled as hormones or just being over-dramatic. When you’re told you’re just “being a teenager” and it’ll pass, it can make you feel very alone (which doesn’t help the problem).
As a teenager who struggles with depression, it can be very difficult to come forward and admit you need help. Luckily, I have a supportive family that took it seriously and got me the help I need, but lots of kids don’t get that same support.
I believe we need to teach people, especially adults, that teenagers aren’t always just “being over-dramatic” and a lot of the time it’s a more serious problem than us just being sad. If we want suicide rates in teens to go down, we need to stop making teenagers feel so unimportant and irrelevant.