September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Sept. 8-14 is marked as National Suicide Prevention Week. This is a time to share resources and information from mental health advocates, prevention organizations and community members.
The importance of the topic is illustrated in a 2018 survey that reports 70 percent of teens in the United States perceive anxiety and depression to be a major problem with their peers. Early detection and intervention can reverse the course of depression and prevent suicidal actions.
In the video below, Mona Potter, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, shares evidence-based strategies and tips for identifying and managing signs of depression.