This week I’ve had some conversations with friends who are engaged with teenagers they know and love, all of whom are dealing with depression. That’s prompted me to share this infographic from Rawhide.org. In addition, I want to mention two helpful book resources that I’m recommending to youth workers and parents: When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression by Richard Winter, and Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains, and Pastoral Counselors by Karen Mason.
To the “How” section at the bottom of the infographic we would add as a first priority getting help from a competent, well-trained, and experienced Christian counselor who understands the dynamics of depression. In addition you want to secure the services of a counselor who sees the Christian faith and the Scriptures as the place for answers and solutions, rather than as a part of the problem. And remember, all-too-often we are quick to medicate as an only treatment. While medication is certainly justified and needed in many cases, we believe that a competent (and I can’t emphasize the word “competent” enough!) Christian counselor must be a starting point.