Students Battling Depression
Signs and Prevention of Students Battling Depression
School bells will be ringing once again (if they aren’t already) and homework will quickly begin to pile up. There will be plenty of tests to study for and mornings will feel extra early. School is both important and necessary but along with the busy comes stress. Learning your child’s stress levels and helping keep that level on low can be one of the most important roles as a parent. Stress often leads to the harsh reality of students battling depression, sometimes severe.
My son unwinds after school on his GOTRAX SRX Mini Hoverboard to aid in battling depression
This review was done by team member Amy. She was provided product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are her own and were not influenced but the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
The Reality of Students Battling Depression
According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is on the rise. In 2016, around 45,000 Americans (ages 10 and up) took their own life. Did you catch that? Ages TEN and up. Yes, even 10-year-olds are committing suicide. More than half of those who committed suicide had ever had any form of mental health diagnoses.
Suicide is the number two reason for deaths of in those between the ages of 10-24 in the United States. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from heart disease, cancer, AIDS, birth defects, influenza, pneumonia, stroke, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
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The Effects of Social Media
Many children face stress in ways that most of us adults never had to face until we were much older. Social media is one big blame for this. Students can’t leave school and go home, away from the “mean kids”. They go home to Facebook posts, Instagram posts, Snap Chat stories, and even plain text messages that can be degrading.
Aside from the battle with comparison, students also face struggles of being teased directly or indirectly on social media. It can feel like a never-ending battle. You and I could deal with being teased when we were younger. We knew we could go home at the end of the school day to relax! Now, children and teens who are picked on at school are often never receiving any relief in the evenings. The hurt most likely continues with every chime of their phone as they receive notifications of yet another dig from a classmate.
The Effects of Dating
Dating is another reason many students are battling depression. Hard breakups, humiliation, and the feeling of rejection often come with dating in teens. It is all part of growing up but serious relationships should be taken with serious caution. As parents, you need to be sure to keep a close watch on just how serious your child is getting with their boyfriend or girlfriend. The more serious the relationship, the harder the feelings after breakups.
Warning Signs of Those Battling Depression
Four out of every five teenagers who have attempted suicide have given clear warning signs.
The question is, do you know the warning signs? Here are a few signs to be on the lookout for:
- Changes in eating habits
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Violent of severe rebellion
- Drastic personality changes
- Becoming very sexual
- Giving away special belongings
- A sudden drop in grades
- Anxious behavior, restlessness
- Joking about suicide or sharing memes and such on social media about suicide
- Change in friends
- Sleeping in excess
Of course, as children grow up, there are some pretty big changes that happen. Attitude is one big change. Hormones can cause teens to seem unlike themselves but if you notice multiple changes, consider depression!
How to Help Prevent Your Child From Battling Depression and How to Help Those Already Battling
Now that you have an idea on how to catch the warning signs of depression, you also need to know ways to prevent and handle depression.
Providing a way to relieve stress is very important. At the end of the school day, your child will most likely need some “me time”. They need to have some calm to their chaos. Doing so outside is an incredible tool! My son loves to ride is GOTRAX electric hoverboard as a way to unwind. He gets alone time with his feelings and can decompress after a long day. What is something your child enjoys that could be a good outlet to decompress all those built-up feelings from the day?
Stay in the Loop
Keep in the loop with your children. Conversation is key. Make sure you have an open-door policy where they know they can confide in you about anything and everything. Ask pointed questions that require more than a yes or no answer.
Keep Watch on Their Phones and Social Media
Keep watch on their phones and social media. If your child isn’t talking to you, most likely, they are talking to SOMEone about their feelings. I suggest randomly taking their phone and looking through conversations to see if there is any big red flags.
If you suspect that your child may be depressed, be sure to keep pills and firearms from their access.
Reach out to a professional. Don’t be embarrassed about your child’s feelings and neglect getting them help. Giving them professional help is needed if they are depressed. They may need medication or counseling to get through their struggles.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if immediate danger is evident 1-800-273-8255
Limit Social Media
Limit social media if your child has a hard time with acceptance, comparing themselves to others, or is bullied.
Hug often! Hugging is a stress reliever. Experts say that everyone needs four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. It’s easy to fall short of loving on our children in this busy life!
About the GOTRAX SRX Mini Hoverboard:
The SRX mini hoverboard is powered by a powerful 25.2-volt battery that produces 300-Watts of power from dual 150-watt motors. This allows the SRX to reach top speeds of 6 mph and reach a distance on three miles on a single charge!
Designed with younger kids in mind, the SRX has a weight limit of 132 pounds but it only weighs 12.7 pounds! With its low weight and its body built in such a way that it can be used as handles, your child will easily be able to transport it as needed from place to place. It also features self-balancing mode and 6.5 inch tires to make the ride smooth and easy even for the first time rider.
My Thoughts on the GOTRAX SRX Mini Hoverboard
As you will see, the GOTRAX SRX Mini Hoverboard is easy to maneuver and provides much entertainment. Check out the video of my son putting it to use!
My son has ridden a regular-sized hoverboard and had a bit of a hard time riding it. He is a small twelve-year-old which made the width of the regular-sized hoverboard a bit too spread out for him. As soon as he got on the SRX mini hoverboard, he started commenting on how much easier it is for him to ride.
Getting my son out in the sunlight as well as enjoying fresh air every day is helping the increased stress my son battles every year for the week prior to starting school and the first few days of school. The transition this year has gone much easier than the last several years have been!
The GOTRAX SRX Mini Hoverboard and other GOTRAX products are a great outlet for your children and teens to escape the stresses of life!