With the rise of social media, peer pressures, and everything in between, it’s no wonder that 1 in 5 teenagers will develop depression. This can be a serious issue, and it’s important to start thinking about how to help your child with summer just around the corner.
How do you know if your teenager is depressed? What can Pacific Quest do for you? Are you looking for ways to help occupy your depressed teenager. Don’t feel stressed and unsure how to help, let Pacific Quest’s summer camp for depressed teenagers be the answer!
What is Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health depression is “a common but serious mood disorder” that causes “severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.” Shockingly, a growing number of Americans—and an increasing amount of young adults—are developing depression.
While this mental state can be caused from numerous and diverse personal problems, trauma, etc., it can also be a clinical issue that requires therapy and medicinal treatment. When it comes to diagnosing or spotting depression in teens, symptoms vary for each child, and it’s important to take note of their behavior patterns. We have listed some of the different common symptoms of depressed teenagers below.
Here are some warning signs that your child may be experiencing depression:
- Noticeable changes in daily routines
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in eating habits
- Excessively sluggish and tired
- Frequent irritability with sudden burst of anger
- Withdrawal from friends and family
All of these symptoms could be part of a larger problem that also incorporates problems at school, risky behaviors, drug abuse, and isolation. Furthermore, if it seems like your child is experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies, contact emergency services or call 1-800-SUICIDE right away.
Aloha Aina, Love of the Land
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and we want to remind you that you are NOT alone in this struggle. Instead of feeling isolated or unsure of what to do to keep your teen busy during the summer, why not send them to Pacific Quest, a safe, secluded wilderness therapy program located on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Here, your struggling teenager will engage with others dealing with similar issues, learn to work the organic garden to take care of the community, and be under the careful eye of clinical and therapeutic skilled leaders. Pacific Quest is different than other wilderness therapy programs and summer camps for depressed teenagers. We don’t try to “beat the problem out of you;” rather, we prefer to approach problems with compassion. By working the sustainable garden, living within our community, and connecting through nature, we hope to encourage your child to find deeper meaning within their own lives.
We have a philosophy here called “Aloha Aina” or love of the land. We take this idea and turn it to practice by working on key goals with your depressed teenager. You can see some of the many benefits of our summer camp for depressed teenagers below.
Positive Benefits of Immersing Your Child in Pacific Quest
- Developing Life Skills: Through repetitive daily skills, your child will learn how to create a healthier life style and learn valuable skills, such as personal care, time management, and more.
- Responsibility: Each student at Pacific Quest engages in working the garden, learning how to cook and provide for the community, and start to appreciate more self-care.
- A Healthier Lifestyle: With the combined efforts of our clinical, wellness, and horticultural experts, we can establish healthy goals based on your child’s unique needs.
- Therapy for the Mind/Body/Spirit: All of our therapy sessions and exercises are aimed to promote better emotional, physical and psychological health.
- A Place in This World: There is something truly meaningful about working and living within nature. By reconnecting with outdoors, working within our community, and learning all the above practices, your child will feel connected to something bigger than herself or himself which will give them a greater sense of purpose and joy.
Learn more about our horticultural therapy and how it drastically helps your depressed teenager.
Help Is Closer Than You Think
Take a stand this summer, and learn more about how Pacific Quest is the best choice of a summer camp for depressed teenagers.