Last weekend, I was invited by the American Academy of Pediatrics of Montana to give a talk about screening for depression and what to do when teens or their parents are not interested in starting treatment. I had never been there and as you can tell by the pictures, the scenery was beautiful. Although as we wrote about on SOVA, nature can be helpful to cope with depression, but unfortunately, Montana has some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S.
Some think this may be partly due to social isolation and having a hard time finding mental health resources. We hope that sites like sova.pitt.edu and wisesova.pitt.edu can be useful places where depressed adolescents and their parents can find not only education about mental health and resources – but also a supportive community to connect with, no matter where they are from.
Recently some of our more active parent users have provided some very insightful comments about how parenting adolescents in general can be so complex and fluctuant. We think by normalizing the challenges all parents experience raising a young person while also trying to help themselves and their child stay mentally well, parents can better accept whatever situation they are in and be ready to accept help offered to them or look for appropriate supports.
I will leave us with this quote by someone who thoroughly enjoyed nature and used it to leave us with meaningful guidance:
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau