Save the Teens

Preventing suicide, depression and addiction
In conjunction with The Shore Grief Center

Signs and symptoms of teen depression

Here are some key symptoms of depression to be on the lookout for teens.

The book explains and gives examples of each these.

A combination of any of these symptoms for two weeks might mean depression.

Consult a doctor or therapist to determine if you or your teen suffers from depression or another mood disorder.


  • Missed classes or poor school performance
  • Drop in grades and inability to concentrate
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Prolonged, persistent sad or irritable mood
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem or guilt
  • Sleeping too much or inability to sleep
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Appetite loss or overeating resulting in noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Anger, worry and anxiety
  • Persistent physical problems that do not respond to normal treatments; such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain
  • Problems with authority
  • Overreaction to criticism
  • Cutting (self-mutilation)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


Phone numbers to call if you suspect depression

1-800-273-TALK Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 919-231-4525  Hopeline

1-888-374-2721 American Psychological Association

1-800-999-9999 Covenant House

1-800-473-3003 Hispanic Community Resource Helpline

1-800-950-6264  National Alliance on Mental Illness

1-866-615-6464  National Institute of Mental Health

1-800-969-6642  National Mental Health Association

1-800-789-2647  National Mental Health Information