I wish I had something to say.  Something that would make you think and leave you speechless.  But that's hard to do when your life is as plain as the white paper in front of you: Empty of thoughts, full of emotions, but with nowhere to go.  And all you can do is sit there and cry, knowing there's another thing to add to the list of things you will never have.  And all you're left with is puffy eyes, a blank sheet and shattered dreams...

It's perfectly normal to feel sad every now and then.  In most cases these feelings of sadness pass quickly, and you move on with your life.  If you feel sad for too long, however, this may be a sign that you are suffering from depression.  Depression is an emotional state in which you feel hopeless and worthless.

Depression is a disease that has a significant impact on the lives of teenagers.  If not treated it can lead to harmful behavior, such as "cutting."  In extreme cases, it can even lead to suicide.  If you feel depressed, there are many places where you can get help.  There are many websites devoted to this issue and how to cope with it.



Depression is Common

Depression in Teens

Understanding Depression

Symptoms of Depression

Depression Facts and Stats

How can I help a friend or relative who is depressed?

Dealing with Teen Depression - Tip and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend

Teen Depression - A Guide for Parents and Teachers


Greene County Mental Health - 622-9163

    The closest way to get help in our area.


Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties - 828-4619

713 Union Street, Hudson, NY

Dedicated itself to improving mental health in our community.


Hudson Psychiatric Center - 828-8136

    71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson, NY

    Providing service to people in mental crisis.


Samaritans Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotline - 518-689-HOPE

    Specializing in all aspects of suicide from prevention & warning signs to how to cope.






Mental Health America

2001 N. Beauregard Street, 6th floor

Alexandria, VA 22311


An association that works with more than 340 affiliates nationwide to promote mental health through advocacy, education, research, & services.


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

2107 Wilson Blvd., 3rd Floor

Arlington, VA 22201


A support and advocacy organization of consumers, families & friends of people with severe mental illness - over 1,200 state & local affiliates.  Local affiliates often give guidance in finding treatment.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,  has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide.


National Foundation for Depressive Illness

P.O. Box 2257

New York, NY 10116


A foundation that informs the public about depressive illness and its treatability and promotes programs of research, education, and treatment.





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