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Is My Teen Having a Mental Health Crisis?
Episode 4012th May 2021 • Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast • National PTA
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Teens experience mental health issues at alarming rates. How can you tell if it’s typical teenage angst or something more serious? If your teen is experiencing depression, how can you best support them? We sat down with Dr. Doreen Marshall, VP of Mission Engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP) to get answers to these questions and more.


  • Visit AFSP’s website to learn more about suicide prevention and to get tips on how to have a #RealConvo about mental health.
  • Share Seize the Awkward resources with teens and college students in your life to help them navigate these issues.
  • Learn more about depression on Mental Health America’s webpage and use their screening tools to gauge if it is time to seek outside help.
  • Familiarize yourself with crisis resources available including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800 273-8255 and the Crisis Text Line: Text “TALK” to 741741.




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