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Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide in the Adolescent Population

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Family, friends, and educators are often the first to notice the signs of anxiety and depression in the adolescent population. Sometimes it is the adolescent who feels that something isn’t right, but is afraid to access help because of stigma. Sometimes the adolescent does not know where to find help or does not even know that help is needed. Therefore, it is important to educate adolescents and individuals who are closest to them about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to access help.

Nurses working in community or acute care settings may also encounter families and adolescents who have questions about mental illness. That is another reason nurses should know about mental illness and the resources that are available in the community.

This teaching strategy focuses on assessing for and providing education about depression and suicide in the adolescent population. Students will identify mental health resources that are available in their community, develop a teaching presentation for families, peers, and/or educators, and work through an unfolding case study.

Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide in the Adolescent Population

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