This was written by Angeliz Freytes and Anais Santana
The topic we are most interested in is youth dealing with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. It would be good to make a website on this topic because it is a very serious issue that is not addressed enough. 10 to 15 percent of teens in the U.S. deal or have dealt with depression, 30 percent of teenagers with depression develop a substance abuse problem, and anxiety affects 25 percent of all teens. Depression also increases a teens risk for attempting suicide by 12 times. Making a website on this issue where teenagers who deal with mental illnesses can turn to for help, will help bring down those numbers and help save a lot of teenagers altogether.
One of the videos we feel we would be able to remix and use clips from in our video is “Teen Suicide: No Way Out (1987).” We think this video would be good because we could get a lot of different perspectives on depression from many different teens and what causes them to get to the point of wanting to commit suicide. Another video that we think we could use is “Stress: The Documentary (2004).” We feel like this is also a good video because stress can lead to depression so there is a connection between the two
This topic is very important to us and actually touches home. This issue personally affects us because one of us is a teenager who struggles with both depression and anxiety. Anxiety and depression problems developed when Anais was 14 years old. Depression and anxiety affects us teens in a lot of ways, for example it’s two of the reasons why Anais hasn’t been able to finish high school on time. If you aren’t getting any help, depression and anxiety can take over your life for long periods at a time, like it’s happened to Anais before. In these time periods of depression and anxiety she used to become consumed by it and her life would completely cause her to stop going to school, work, and from other responsibilities. Depression isn’t something that you can just get rid of. She had to get help and learn how to fight through her depression phases and strong anxiety. Even so, Anais is now 19 years old and is still dealing with depression and anxiety, but she is now aware of how she can get through these phases. If we could get other teens the help that Anais got, we would love to help.
We would like to ask a variety of teens what causes and brings on their depression or anxiety. We would like to ask what emotions they feel in these times of depression or anxiety. We would also like to ask what specifically can people do to help, what helps alleviate their depression and anxiety.
Teenagers who are dealing with any type of stress or are feeling depressed and anxious or feeling alone would be interested in using a website like this. This way they would know that they aren’t alone and that there are other people dealing with these issues as well. They’d be interested because it’s a way they can get help and get insightful information on ways they can get through it.
We could interview people who battle with depression. We could also interview students who go to our school and are dealing with these issues. We could also interview people who are comfortable with sharing their stories who have tried to commit suicide in the past or have gone through hard times with depression.
There are many organizations that support teens going through anxiety and depression, or even substance abuse, for example, Expert DBT/CBT care in the Upper East Side for Teens and Adults. There is also a SPTSUSA (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) , nonprofit organizations trying to help teens build themselves up and become better people.
Being that topic is based on teens, middle schools, and high schools or even colleges would be good places to video tape to get strong images. We can speak to counselors and or teachers, parents, and siblings that have lost someone to a suicide . Another place would be a group counseling for people who have actually tried committing suicide or are going through anxiety and depression.
Poetry would be a great way to describe ideas to express feelings on this topic. Poetry always has keys and clues to the hurt behind it all. Poetry is a different way to express yourself. it could bring out a new way to explain yourself. Poetry has more emotion being able to let it out or make a scene of it with words is something different.
A good domain for this project might be overcome.live
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