Coping Strategies

  • Strategies to help teens deal with depression or suicidal feelings.

  • Try to be open with your feelings.

  • Spend time with family and friends.

  • Consider the importance of spirituality in your life.

  • Get involved in after-school activities.

  • Accept other's thanks, compliments and praise.

  • Plan your future and set realistic goals.

  • Volunteer - you have a lot to offer.

  • Exercise regularly, and eat right.

  • Read subjects that interest you.

  • Laugh - Keep your sense of humor.

  • Do not tolerate physical, emotional or sexual abuse from anyone.  Get help immediately.

  • Seek help if you feel overwhelmed or troubled.

  • Needing help is not failing; it is simply being human.

  • Source:  Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.