Depression often emerges in the adolescent years. These years are a critical developmental period. Research shows that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. While causes vary depending on the affected individual early life stress, such as illness, family death, separation, or traumatic events can be risk factors of depression. The good news is there are ways to work towards building resilience towards depression. Helping your teen build this resilience now could help them overcome difficulties in their future.

Memories and Mental Health

Memories play a role in mental health. Happy memories could be the key to helping teens build resilience. Recalling past events has been proven to lift mood. Researchers took this knowledge and explored whether or not it could work to protect against stress in adolescents. The outcome proved that recalling happy memories helped decrease negative self-related thoughts. These types of thoughts are associated with depression. How cool is it to think that our teens have the tools to fight depression stored in their happy times?

How to Help

The best practices your teen will learn will come from home. That means it is your job to be a role model and a resource for them to seek out for advice and assistance. Before you can help, you should educate yourself on how you can be the best influencer. Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of depression in your teen:

  • Encourage your child’s passions, keep them engaged in the activities they love.
  • Encourage exercise, exercise boosts mood and promotes healthy living.
  • Help them find ways to cope with stress.
  • Model healthy behaviors.
  • Maintain open lines of communication.
  • Enforce a regular sleep schedule.
  • Help them learn to use positive self-talk.

Solstice West Can Help

Solstice Residential Treatment Center is a program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. This approach will help students heal and improve from every angle. Fitness, nutrition, and academics also play an important role in this program as it teaches young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Solstice gives young women the skills and help they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, healthy, and capable of self-managing. We can help your family today!