Along with the excitement of graduation, the end of a school year, or any experience high school may offer, many teenagers also feel increased pressure, depression, anxiety, and stress during adolescence. Upcoming decisions about future plans can loom large, social interactions and friend groups can be challenging, and constant conversations about major transitions may feel overwhelming.
These feelings are common, says Mary Riney, Personal and Academic Counselor at De Smet Jesuit High School.
And you are not alone.
“It’s important to stay connected with friends and family,” advises Mrs. Riney. “Find someone trusted you can talk to.”
Jay Dolan ’19, editor in chief of The Mirror, recently captured one student’s internal struggle with anxiety and depression in his article, “Popular, talented, and alone,” which was recognized a Best of SNO feature article.
We share the following advice from our counseling department for teenagers who might feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, or pressured.
- Talk to a trusted friend, counselor, teacher, or relative.
- Write down what is stressful or bothering you.
- Surround yourself with supportive people who will help you.
- Spend time in nature.
- Get enough sleep—eight hours per night at least.
- Find a hobby you enjoy.
- Contact a hotline if you feel you have no one to talk to.
Youth Connection Helpline
In St. Louis County
or text 4HLP to 31658
In St. Louis City
or text 2TALK to 31658
In St. Charles
or text BSAFE to 31658