Teenage Depression Suicide
Q: Please join mental health nurse, author, speaker and teacher Bev Cobain,
R.N.,C. for her dynamic and informative chat "When Nothing Matters Anymore:
A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens" on July 18, 2000 at 9 PM, EDT. A MUST
chat for all teens, parents and adults who care for them!
Like it or not, teen depression exists. 1 in 5 teens are at risk for severe
depression. This isn't a phase-it's a fact.
A:For adults, teen depression is often difficult to acknowledge and understand, let alone diagnose. We'd rather chalk it up to typical teen angst. But, there's nothing typical about a teen who is caught in the depths of pain, unbearable sadness, numbing helplessness, and even uncontrollable rage. For teens, depression is an added confusion to a turbulent time, with little available to help them sort it out. Until now. WHEN NOTHING MATTERS ANYMORE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR DEPRESSED TEENS, by Bev Cobain, R.N.,C., provides insight, advice and hope-from someone who knows. Bev Cobain knew the story behind the headlines when her young cousin Kurt completed suicide in 1994. She's seen it before. Kurt was the third member of the Cobain family to kill themselves, and Bev, too, had struggled with alcohol, drugs, and depression before turning her life around. As a psychiatric nurse specializing in teen depression and suicide prevention, Bev knows the complexities of depression-especially when filtered through the adolescent experience. As an older cousin of the late Nirvana rock star, Kurt Cobain, she was drawn into the media circus surrounding his suicide and has spoken to hundreds of teens around the country. Determined to make a difference, she's written a book for teens (and the parents and adults who care for them) that examines what happens, what hurts, what's hidden, and what helps. Maybe you feel the same way sometimes-sad, discouraged, alone, tired. These feelings seem scary, confusing, and overwhelming, especially if you think you're the only one feeling them. You can go on. Your life is worth it. Her chat will highlight these important issues and more! Bev has the real information on teen depression, it's causes, complication, and cures. She has a passion for young people and the determination to put her knowledge and experience to work on their behalf. Suicide is an unnecessary tragedy. If sharing the Cobain name helps to get the message out, so be it. The National Institute for Mental Health states that "major depression in teens and adolescents is more likely identified by the teens themselves than the parents." Bev agrees and hopes kids will discover that: They are not alone Depression is treatable They can take steps to make their lives better and more livable