Public schools should inform the guardians of middle school children about the importance of depression, as well as its signs. Many parents either don’t realize the gravity of the situation or think it is just a phase.
A friend of mine has been fighting depression for more than five years, but his parents refuse to recognize his condition and get him help. If the public schools spoke to parents about how severe depression is with teenagers, then more people would get help for their child.
Teens with depression tend to use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. This could lead to substance abuse, developmental issues and death. Depressed teens often self-harm, which could lead to suicide.
The death of a child is excruciatingly painful. With proper education, parents will know what to look for to keep their child safe.