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The World Health Organisation says that someone takes their life every 3 seconds. Yes, depression is very real, friends. Peggy Johnson explores

You're at the age when your hormones are doing the funky dance and getting you all worked up. You're on an emotional rollercoaster, and it's only natural growing up. But, before you shrug it off as just hormones, ask yourself: Could I be depressed? You may be depressed long before you even realise it. Here are some of the signs of depression: Not wanting to spend time with family and friends Having trouble concentrating on schoolwork If you start behaving in ways that you wouldn't normally behave Violence, rebellion, or wanting to run away Turning to drugs and alcohol There are so many reasons why young people become depressed, such as: Peer pressure and the not being able to fit in with the 'cool kids' Relationship problems Being pressured by parents to do well at school Fear of being rejected for who you are is important that you take depression seriously and get help quickly. Who can you turn to: Psychological counselling will help you cope with your situation and you will learn how to deal with your depression. Counselling will help in the long run because what you learn will stay with you forever. 2 CI 01 E. A R ViOlerL,DDILTION YOU bEkr4 DECEPTION Hate CHAOS nbusiveuzinEss YReading the signs: What causes depression? What do I do if I am depressed? It

Aside from professional treatment, you need to realise that there are people who care, and who are available to talk to. This does not only have to be a family member; it can be a friend, teacher, or pastor... The most important thing is to open up. Talking about the way you feel will help relieve some of the distress caused by those intense emotions you've been bottling up. Listen! Listen to what's troubling them without passing judgment. Hearing them out can make them feel less alone. Let them know that there are always solutions to problems. Refer your friend to a professional. Telephone counselling and suicide hotline services are avail able in most cities and can be found in the telephone book. Supportive Talent ccnnection LIFELditif Pe" ce Compa66ion DPLArvlIS What do I do if my friend is depressed?
loveLife PLZ CAL ME Send a Pl/ CAL ME to 083 323 1023 and one of our youth counsellors will call you right back. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Suicide Crisis Line Call 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393.