A recent Time Magazine cover story1 highlighted how anxiety and depression in teens have been on the rise since 2012… and sadly, that trend continues.
In my daily work with teens, I see how their social culture constantly triggers stress, anxiety and often depression.
“Adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up…” The article highlights some shocking statistics:
- In 2015, about 3 million teens had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
- More than 2 million teens report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function.
- 6.3 million teens have had an anxiety disorder
“The biggest variable, then, is the climate in which teens navigate this stage of development.”
This is exactly why I have created our new
Online Teen Support Groups. The environment on social media has proven to create pressure, anxiety, and bullying, even by so-called friends.
I want teens to have a safe, helpful place to turn to on social media. A place where they can feel good about themselves, and get positive feedback from peers.
Here’s how it works:
- Teens access the group on their phone, or on their computer
- No set meeting time, post and check in whenever you choose
- Group members all create screen names so they have total privacy; only I know their real identity
- I approve everything that gets posted, so the group is very positive and a safe space to share and support one another
- $25 per week = $100 per 4-week session; paid at time of enrollment
Please contact us now to enroll.
-Lauren Muriello, LPC
Founder & Licensed Therapist
1Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do. Time Magazine. Oct. 27, 2016.