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Twitter Chat on Teen Depression

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On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hosted a Twitter chat on teen depression with NIMH experts, Dr. Argyris Stringaris and Dr. Ken Towbin.
 
 Join us in 5 minutes for a Twitter chat on teen depression. Use #NIMHchats to follow and ask questions! pic.twitter.com/t9iIsVzWjC
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 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
If you’re in a crisis and need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are free and confidential. #NIMHchats @800273TALK pic.twitter.com/3hYNZgTT6H

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
For specific medical advice, please consult a health care provider. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member: https://bit.ly/2gt5Ebo #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Welcome to our teen depression Twitter chat! We’re hosting this chat in recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We’re using the hashtag #NIMHchats for today’s discussion. Please include it in all of your tweets!

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We’re joined by two NIMH experts: Dr. Argyris Stringaris, Chief of the Mood Brain and Development Unit and Dr. Ken Towbin, Chief of the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at NIMH. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Who else do we have joining us today? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health CO@CO_MentalHealth
Mental Health Colorado is joining the teen depression Twitter chat in honor of #MentalHealthMonth #StartsWithKids #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992116760341045249…

 MCNYouthServices@MvskokeYouth
@NIMHgov Rachael with Mvskoke Nation Youth Services in Oklahoma! #NIMHchats

 SMART Project at Northwestern@SMART_squad
@NIMHgov The SMART Project at Northwestern University here! We're an online health study for gay, bi, and queer teen guys. #NIMHchats

 Amer Acad Pediatrics@AmerAcadPeds
@NIMHgov AAP is here with #Tweetiatricians! Representing 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of all children. #NIMHchats

 UCSF Osher Center@ucsfosher
@NIMHgov The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF is here! #NIMHchats

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
@ResearchAmerica here, looking forward to today's chat! #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992116847284752385…

 LA Mental Health@LACDMH
@NIMHgov
LA County Dept of Mental Health here; hello & thanks for hosting #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/PoI5cRpPiw

 mindmap@MindMapCT
@NIMHgov .@NIMHgov Hello from MindMap CT. We are a program focused on psychosis early intervention in #NewHaven #Connecticut #NIMHchats

 PracticeGround@Practice_Ground
@NIMHgov PracticeGround here! We supply awesome continuing education courses for therapists. Excited to be part of the chat! #NIMHchats

 Margaret Stager, MD@DrStager
@NIMHgov Hello from @metrohealthCLE in Cleveland! Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/cNsKNGMrN4

 HHSRegion9@HHSRegion9
#NIMHchats is happening right now! https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992116784076599297

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We’ll start by defining depression and then discussing signs and symptoms. In 15 minutes, Drs. Stringaris and Towbin will take your questions. Remember to use #NIMHchats to follow the conversation and ask questions. #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Let's get started! Q1: What is depression? #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/TjF3sGWiO8

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A1: During your teenage years, changes are taking place in your body and brain that can affect how you learn, think, and behave. And if you’re facing tough or stressful situations, it’s normal to have emotional ups and downs. #NIMHchats (1/2)

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A1: But if you’ve been overwhelmingly sad for a long time (a couple of weeks to months) and the things you usually enjoy no longer bring you much satisfaction, you may want to talk to a trusted adult. It could be you’re having an episode of depression. #NIMHchats (2/2)

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A1: Depression (major depressive disorder) is a medical illness that can cause symptoms that interfere with one’s daily activities—such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating on school work. #NIMHchats (1/2) https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992118673698672641

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A1: Depression impacts how a person thinks about his or her abilities and future. For some people, depression can result in severe impairments that interfere with or limit one’s ability to carry out major life activities. http://bit.ly/2JPKu5f #NIMHchats (2/2)

 MedlinePlus.gov@medlineplus
A1: Depression is a serious medical illness. It's more than just a feeling of being sad or "blue" for a few days. It is an intense feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and anger or frustration that lasts much longer. Learn more: https://medlineplus.gov/teendepression.html… #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/ibjOGZCXjM

 SMART Project at Northwestern@SMART_squad
A1: Depression is a mood disorder characterized by symptoms such as feelings of hopelessness, irritability, appetite changes, decreased energy, and so much more. Often, depression shows differently in adults versus teens #NIMHchats

 Amer Acad Pediatrics@AmerAcadPeds
A1: While all of us are subject to “the blues,” clinical depression is a serious medical condition requiring immediate treatment. Learn more here: #NIMHchats https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/Pages/Mental-Health-and-Teens-Watch-for-Danger-Signs.aspx… https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992118673698672641…

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
A1: Depression is the leading cause of disability internationally. http://bit.ly/2w8Zd9j #NIMHchats

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
A1: More than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression around the world, and it can lead to suicide. http://bit.ly/2HOwuw0 #NIMHchats

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
#Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. #NIMHchats

 NIH NCCIH@NIH_NCCIH
A1: #Depression is a medical condition that affects about 1 in 10 U.S. adults. Mood, thoughts, physical health, and behavior all may be affected. The symptoms and severity of depression can vary from person to person. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992118673698672641…

 NIH NCCIH@NIH_NCCIH
A1: #Depression can affect people of all ages. It can interfere with work, home, & social activities.If you feel u may have depression, talk with your health care provider.There are effective treatments, including antidepressants & talk therapy. http://bit.ly/2Bd9KRT #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992118673698672641…

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Q2: What are some of the signs and symptoms of depression in teens? #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/hi49S7gD6f

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: It’s normal to feel sad after a loss or setback. Feeling sad at times is something everyone experiences–but it usually passes after a short time. Depression is different. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: Symptoms of depression may include feeling sad or more irritable than usual on most days. This mood change goes along with not feeling much pleasure in activities you used to enjoy. #NIMHchats (1/4) https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: Along with these mood features and loss of pleasure there are changes in thinking—seeing things as more hopeless, thinking you’re worthless or helpless, and feeling guilty about things. #NIMHchats (2/4) https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119859512299521…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: There also are physical changes such as too much or too little eating, too much or too little sleeping, and having less energy. (3/4) #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119989334347776…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: If you’re always feeling tired or restless; have trouble concentrating, remembering information, or making decisions; or have aches, pains, or stomach problems without a clear cause, these could also be signs of depression. #NIMHchats (4/4) https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992120108544819202…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: People may find they are spending more time alone, withdrawing from friends and family, and having trouble with school and work. They also may think things won’t get any better and they think about death or wish they were never born. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 SMART Project at Northwestern@SMART_squad
A2: Some signs in teens include tiredness, isolation, poor school performance, disruptive or risky behavior, and body aches/headaches. #NIMHchats

 Amer Acad Pediatrics@AmerAcadPeds
A2: Some signs of depression can occur in teens who are not depressed, such as moodiness and change in sleeping. But when seen together, nearly every day, they are red flags for depression. Learn the signs and how to help from @healthychildren. #NIMHchats https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/emotional-problems/Pages/Childhood-Depression-What-Parents-Can-Do-To-Help.aspx https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: Another possible symptom of depression is thinking about harming yourself, dying, or suicide. If you’re in a crisis and need help, call this toll-free number available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are confidential. #NIMHchats @800273TALK https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 OAH@TeenHealthGov
Join now to talk about children's #mentalhealth! #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992116595366514688…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: The @CrisisTextLine is another free and confidential resource available 24/7 when you’re in crisis, which is any painful emotion for which you need support. Text “HOME” to 741741 in the United States to be connected to a Crisis Counselor over text message. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992120446035419138…

 MedlinePlus.gov@medlineplus
A2: If you have depression, you have one or more of these symptoms most of the time: •Sadness •Feeling of emptiness •Hopelessness •Being angry, irritable, or frustrated, even at minor things #NIMHchats https://medlineplus.gov/teendepression.html… https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A2: Remember, not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. http://bit.ly/2JPKu5f #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 Margaret Stager, MD@DrStager
A2: Depression in teens can look different from adults. In boys you may see irritability, anger or increased agitation. In girls you may see withdrawal, Boredom, or "moodiness". They typically don't recognize the changes in themselves. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992119652301115394…

 mindmap@MindMapCT
@NIMHgov Depressed mood, difficulty concentrating and lost of interest in activities that you used to enjoy can also be the some of the first signs of early #psychosis #NIMHchats

 LA Mental Health@LACDMH
@NIMHgov A2 also look for withdrawal or lack of interest in school, socializing with friends or participating in extracurricular activities (particularly ones they used to enjoy) #NIMHChats

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
A2: Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or anxious often or all the time; not wanting to do activities that used to be fun; feeling irritable‚ easily frustrated‚ or restless; having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. http://bit.ly/2w4W7Dc #NIMHchats

 mindmap@MindMapCT
@NIMHgov Seeking help doesn't mean that you're weak. It means that you're taking care of yourself. Don't let the time pass by, ask for help from some someone you trust, a school counselor or general practitioner #NIMHchats #psychosis

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
What are your questions about the signs and symptoms of depression in teenagers? #NIMHchats

 sueinphilly@sueinphilly
@NIMHgov #NIMHchats I don't know what not being depressed feels like, is it possible to be depressed for 50 yrs?

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
People can have low mood for a very long duration. It’s important to make the distinction between low mood and the full syndrome of depression. A mental health professional is in the best position to assess. Use these resources to find help: http://bit.ly/2HsidoI #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/sueinphilly/status/992120184486932480…

 Elizabeth@BewitchedMom
What is the latest information linking depression and substance use in teens? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
It’s a two-way street. Children with depression are at higher risk for abusing substances and children who abuse substances are at higher risk for becoming depressed. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/BewitchedMom/status/992121920157085698…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We’ve received a lot of good questions! If we didn’t get to your question yet, please be patient. We’ll have more time at the end and we’ll try to answer as many as we can. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Let’s move on to the risk factors and treatment options for depression in teenagers. #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Q3: What are some of the risk factors for teens with depression? #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/HO6eBddXcI

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A3: Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992123202703974400…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A3: Depression can happen at any age, including adolescence. For many adults who have mental disorders, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and youth. http://bit.ly/2HtFG4H #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992123202703974400…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A3: Other risk factors in depression may include: Past episodes of depression; family history of depression; major life changes, trauma, or stress; physical illnesses; substance abuse, and even some medications. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992123202703974400…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A3: For more general information on depression, visit NIMH’s health topic page: http://bit.ly/2prS5iq #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992123202703974400…

 MedlinePlus.gov@medlineplus
A3: Depression can happen at any age but often begins in the teens or early adulthood. Certain teens are at higher risk of depression, such as those who have had trauma in childhood, have a family conflicts. Read more on which teens are at risk: http://ow.ly/pVe830jP21X #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/Slv3DVAm90

 OAH@TeenHealthGov
Risk factors for depression in adolescents include:
Personal or family history of depression
Major life changes, trauma, or stress
Certain physical illnesses and medications
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml…
#NIMHchats #MentalHealthAwareness https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992123202703974400…

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
A3: "Some estimates show that 60% of those with anxiety will also have symptoms of depression, and the numbers are similar for those with depression also experiencing anxiety." – @NAMICommunicate #NIMHchats http://bit.ly/2HJxPUG pic.twitter.com/n3ijCocJCn

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
Childhood trauma signs for middle and high school children include: feeling depressed or alone, developing eating disorders or self-harming behaviors, beginning abusing alcohol or drugs, and becoming involved in risky sexual behavior. #NIMHchats

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
Risk factors for teen #depression include: brain chemicals – too much or too little of certain chemicals can cause depression; family history - life events – death or divorce, etc.; or, some medications have negative side effects that cause depression. #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Q4: What are some of the treatments available for teens with depression? #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/0mKjPdDQbn

 MedlinePlus.gov@medlineplus
A4: Talk therapy, can help you understand and manage your feelings. You can talk out your emotions to someone who understands and supports you. This will help you build confidence and feel better about yourself. Learn more: http://ow.ly/oBjo30jP2re #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/dDzZHV0kLK

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: If you think you might have depression, you should know that you are not alone, and depression is treatable. It’s OK to ask for help! #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: The first step is to try talking to a trusted adult, such as your parent/guardian, a teacher, your pediatrician or family medical doctor, or a school counselor. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to an adult, try talking to a friend. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: If you’re not sure where to turn, you can use @SafePlace’s TXT 4 HELP which is a 24-hour-text-for-support service for teens in crisis. Text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357). http://bit.ly/2G6Eerz #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125606509928448…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: If you’re under the age of 18, ask your parent/guardian to help you get an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation. Afterward, your doctor may talk to you about possibly seeing a mental health provider. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: Parents, it’s important to know that it can be hard to talk about depression. Children and teenagers usually rely on parents, teachers, or other caregivers to recognize the signs and help them get the treatment they need. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A4: If you or someone you know has depression, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member: http://bit.ly/2HsidoI #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
The first step to treatment for #depression is to talk with a healthcare provider to get an evaluation. #NIMHchats

 ResearchAmerica@ResearchAmerica
A4: "Treatment selection depends on the type and severity of your teenager's symptoms. A combination of talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication can be very effective for most teens with depression." – @MayoClinic #NIMHchats https://mayocl.in/2w9LI9d

 Amer Acad Pediatrics@AmerAcadPeds
A4: One in every five teens experiences depression, but it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. We recommend screening for depression as a routine part of a teenager's regular check-up. Learn more about our new guidelines: #NIMHchats https://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/AAP-Publishes-Teen-Depression-Guideliness.aspx… https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992125310001909760…

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
Consultation w/ a doctor can help determine if meds should be part of the treatment. A #mentalhealth professional can develop a therapy plan that works best for the child & family. Behavior therapy includes child therapy, family therapy, or a combination of both. #NIMHchats

 SMART Project at Northwestern@SMART_squad
A4: If you need someone to talk to right now, @CrisisTextLine (741741) and @TrevorProject (866-488-7386) are here for confidential support 24/7 #nimhchats

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one form of therapy that is used to treat anxiety or #depression, particularly in older children. It helps the child change negative thoughts into more positive, effective ways of thinking, leading to more effective behavior. #NIMHchats

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
Treatments for #depression can also include a variety of ways to help the child feel less stressed and be healthier like nutritious food, physical activity(https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html…), sufficient sleep(https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html…), predictable routines, and social support. #NIMHchats

 MedlinePlus.gov@medlineplus
A4: In some cases, your MD will suggest medicines along w/ talk therapy. There are a few antidepressants that have been widely studied & proven to help teens. If you are taking medicine for depression, it is important to see your MD regularly http://ow.ly/mY1p30jP30o #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/46qzNR1PD4

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Do you have questions about the risk factors and treatment options for teenagers with depression? #NIMHchats

 Brian@bbthomasen
@NIMHgov how do we build #resilience for children who are living in chronically stressful life situations? #NIMHchats @batchelorshow @maddow

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
There are strategies & ways of thinking that can help build resilience in children who reside in stressful life situations. Sometimes these strategies can be delivered in individual psychotherapy using cognitive and behavioral techniques. #NIMHchats (1/2) https://twitter.com/bbthomasen/status/992122472320421891…

 Reenie Reid@ReenieReid1
@NIMHgov Is TMS therapy approved for teens #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
TMS is transcranial magnetic stimulation. Research using this method is ongoing, but it is not FDA approved for teenagers. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/ReenieReid1/status/992123031559421953…

 Mental Health Awareness@mentalhealth_97
@NIMHgov would the DR’s consider it okay for someone under 18 to have been on and off 15 different kinds of anti depressants and still feeling suicidal with no real help? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
No, we do not consider it OK. If someone is feeling suicidal, they should consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are free and confidential. #NIMHchats @800273TALK https://twitter.com/mentalhealth_97/status/992123294840213504…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Bipolar disorder and major depression are what we call “episodic” conditions, which means they may arise and remit spontaneously. You can learn more about all of these disorders on the NIMH website: http://bit.ly/2Kxwmi5 #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/mrsvlofton/status/992125486057730048…

 Reenie Reid@ReenieReid1
When I take my teen to her psychiatrist all the Dr. wants to do is talk about her medication. Is that normal? My daughter will ask her a question and she will say “ how does this impact your medication”. Should I look for a new doctor? @#NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
1st line treatments for depression are psychological as well as pharmacological. Perhaps the Dr. works w/ someone who would deliver psychological treatment while the Dr. manages the medication. For more info on mental health medications, visit http://bit.ly/2tioDuj #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/ReenieReid1/status/992126084803055616…

 K.D.@KDsBracelets
@NIMHgov #NIMHchats I know that most of the time, symptoms are not often seen by parents with children being affected by depression. How do you recommend getting more awareness on the subject? Especially to parents?

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We hope that events like this Twitter chat will help inform parents about signs to watch for. We also share information via our website, brochures, conferences, and events: http://www.nimh.nih.gov #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/KDsBracelets/status/992126331998670848…

 UCSF Osher Center@ucsfosher
@NIMHgov Thank you so much for hosting this Twitter chat on such an important topic! It has been our pleasure to participate. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Parental depression is a risk factor for depression in the offspring. It is not a certainty that a child of a depressed parent will develop depression. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/ASPIRANT_3/status/992128818243567616…

 NEDA@NEDAstaff
If you're concerned about your relationship with food or body image, you are not alone. Help is available. Get screened today: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool #nimhchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Some pediatricians are very comfortable assessing mental health questions, but many prefer to refer their patients to a mental health professional. Use @samhsagov's treatment locator to find a mental health professional in your area: http://bit.ly/2m5njKH #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/beckadam/status/992128699565780992…

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
The @CDCgov has a great webpage on Children’s #MentalHealth that covers the basics, https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/index.html…. #NIMHchats

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
The @samhsagov addresses #mentalhealth & has a great webpage on Caring for Every Child Mental Health, http://www.samhsa.gov/children. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
While depression is a risk factor for suicide, not all cases of suicide are the result of depression. For information on warning signs visit http://bit.ly/2bA7Aib #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/mitze0412/status/992129753242132481…

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Last question! Q5: What can I do if someone I know might have depression or is considering suicide? #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/5ZHflDv7ab

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A5: If you think your friend might have depression, first help him or her talk to a trusted adult who can connect your friend to a health professional. Be supportive, patient and encouraging even if you don’t fully understand what’s going on. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132167689035776…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A5: Never ignore or minimize comments about death and suicide, even if it seems like a joke or overdramatic. Talking about suicide should be taken seriously. Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, teacher, or older sibling right away. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132167689035776…

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A5: You can also call this toll-free # available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are confidential #NIMHchats @800273TALK https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132324786622464…

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A great resource is the National #Suicide Prevention Lifeline, @800273TALK, http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. #NIMHchats

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A5: It's important to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to help. Ten things parents can do to prevent suicide: #NIMHchats https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/emotional-problems/Pages/Ten-Things-Parents-Can-Do-to-Prevent-Suicide.aspx… https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132167689035776…

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A5: The @CrisisTextLine is another free and confidential resource available 24/7 when you’re in crisis, which is any painful emotion for which you need support. Text “HOME” to 741741 in the United States to be connected to a Crisis Counselor over text message. #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132552801562625…

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A5: If you see messages or live streaming suicidal behavior on social media, call 911 immediately, contact the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at @800273TALK or text the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741). #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132167689035776…

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
The National Helpline is free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and info service, http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline…. #NIMHchats

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A5: Some social media sites have a process to report suicidal content & get help. It’s still important to call 911 if someone is posting suicidal messages or something disturbing on social media. Even strangers have saved lives by being vigilant:http://bit.ly/2HNrDa6 #NIMHchats https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/992132812462489600…

 HHS OASH Region II@HHS_HealthReg2
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt #suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Part of our research at NIMH is to better understand how brain function differs in people who have depression. We hope that research will help us understand how different treatments work and which work best for each individual with depression. #NIMHchats

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You may qualify to participate in a clinical research study on depression at NIMH: http://bit.ly/2ptQZ5O #NIMHchats

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Concerned about your teen’s depression? Research study enrolling ages 11-17 for evaluations and treatment. https://go.usa.gov/xnVWg #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/mcitqz2JB9

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Missed today’s chat? You can learn more about teen depression here: http://bit.ly/2JPKu5f #NIMHchats

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An archive of this chat will be available on our website later this week: http://1.usa.gov/1cpl5sG #NIMHchats

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