Teen depression is real, and it is on the rise.
Approximately one in 11 teens have a major depressive episode every year. And the National Institute for Mental Health reported that there are now over 3 million teens, ages 12-17, that are suffering with depression or other types of behavioral disorders. Depression is the leading cause of suicide and suicide is the third-leading cause for death for 15 to 24 year olds in the United States. Even though these statistics are alarming, depression does respond to intervention and treatment. Sometimes, teens need a completely different space to heal. At Pacific Quest, we over a camp for depressed teens.
Depression in teenagers can be detrimental to their everyday lives. First, it significantly affects their mood and behavior. You will notice your teen lacks the motivation to do just about anything. They will struggle with every day chores like homework or other activities. They may be overreacting or feeling stressed out or even acting out by engaging in dangerous sexual activities, using drugs, or committing small, misdemeanor crimes. Their mood will often exhibit sadness, hopelessness, anger, rage, or indecision. They can’t concentrate or muster the enthusiasm to accomplish anything. Another big sign is changes in eating, sleeping pattern, and overall school performance.
While teens recognize the need for help, they are consistently bombarded by mixed-messaging by parents, authority figures, their peers and of course, the Internet and social media. The unbelievable pressures to show up, perform, be “cool” and “on trend,” succeed academically and so on are truly damaging, which is precisely why we provide a camp for depressed teens. No matter how or why your teen is acting out, professional help can be the key. Sometimes being in the same place, surrounded by the same people can create another form of stress and pressure. The summer is the perfect time to let them have some space where their time will be structured and they will be working on their identity and emotional well-being in beautiful Hawaii.
Summer Camp for Depression: The Wilderness Therapy Approach
At our camp for depressed teens, we create a truly life-changing experience by cultivating change by teaching sustainable life skills in a clinically innovating and nurturing environment. At Pacific Quest, we use horticultural therapy to inspire change and literal growth.
Horticultural therapy utilizes gardening activities in conjunction with traditional counseling techniques to meet specific therapeutic treatment goals. Horticultural therapy is a client-centered treatment model that seeks to enhance social, cognitive and physiological functioning with the primary goal of improving health and inspiring motivation for change. By placing students in caregiving roles, we can create an experiential environment that is both growth-focused and life-affirming. This approach is so critical because teens are actively engaged in their therapy. They are living in a healthy community that is highly collaborative and every day, they are learning real life skills like managing time, cooking, planning, community living and self-care.
Summertime Happiness: A camp for teen healing
Pacific Quest offers both individual and group therapy to help struggling teens. Every student has unique needs and we want to make sure that we help them improve and foster relationships while developing sustainable life skills. Therapy sessions are thus very much encouraged and tailored to meet their needs. Group therapy sessions help them work on existing dynamics and it gets them to open up about common challenges that other members of the group may be facing.
They also have individual therapy sessions with therapists who hold masters or doctoral-level degrees and are trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems, addictions, horticultural therapy, motivational interviewing, relational methods, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-informed therapies, EMDR, somatic experiencing, mind-body techniques, behavioral therapies, solution-focused, narrative therapy, sandplay and expressive art therapy.
Pacific Quest is redefining behavioral therapy, utilizing a neurodevelopmental approach to treatment. Call us or email us today to find out more about our camp for depressed teens. This is exactly the time to act and get your teen the support and cutting-edge therapy they need.