The Cold, Hard Facts
121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)
18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)
Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey, 1999)
Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30% of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)
2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)
Depression is not a fun subject to talk about or write about but it is too important to ignore.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a Christian, non-profit organization that is tackling the multiple issues related to depression. I first heard about it from my oldest son Eli but just recently took the time to check it out for myself. I wish I had done so sooner!
You can learn more about it here.
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