Through Ups & Downs

Life is made of good times and bad times. Our teen volunteers share what they have learned to help you deal with all the ups and the downs of life.

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How Opening About My Mental Health Helped Me Manage & Enjoy School

  Freshman year was a complete mess for me. In 8th grade, I was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and OCD, and during freshman year, my doctors worked together to find the right combination of medicines for me. It took a very long time to find something that worked for […]

I Deleted All Social Media for a Month, this is What Happened.

  As finals were approaching this past December, I made the decision to delete all social media apps from my phone. Yes, ALL social media apps; this included Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Netflix. Here’s why: 1. I wanted to say “bye bye” to all the negative energy: Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram, jealous […]

Why We All Need Someone to Lean On

  I grew up in a family of addicts — my grandparents on both sides, my siblings, my dad, and almost all my aunts and uncles. Being surrounded by this for all my life, I oscillated between resentment and forgiveness, sadness and happiness, and anger and relief. Everything about my childhood was confusing — Why […]

How I began to heal after a terrible fight with my mother.

I have always had a very good relationship with my mom. When I was young we rarely fought with each other and when we did it was over very small things. But, last summer my mom and I got into a fight that lasted for months. It was easily the biggest fight I have ever […]

Chasm by Andrea K.

Escaping the Chasm

  Working at Teen Line, I have heard so many calls regarding depression and anxiety. When focusing all the challenges callers face, I find they are all rooted in their fears for what could happen and their lack of motivation due to sadness. I can so easily relate, when I feel overwhelmed I begin to […]

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Good Grades aren’t Everything

  I love my parents- I love them a lot. They have been there for me countless times and they’ve always been available whenever I needed a shoulder to cry on. They provide me with a great life and with endless love. However, that is not to say that they don’t come with their flaws. […]

Anxiety by ASweeneyPhoto

Academic Stress and Anxiety

  Throughout my sophomore year, I was a consistent mess of academic stress and anxiety. In addition to the hardest workload I had had up to that point, I also had to juggle an increased involvement in extracurricular activities and commitment to a sports team. On many nights, I would return home after 8pm, with […]

back to school by Zlatko Vickovic

Back to School: Managing Anxiety

  It’s that time of year again, back to school! We can’t escape those commercials about school supplies or walk into a store without being reminded of having the first day of school outfit. Worst of all, every time we are reminded of our summer homework, we get palpitations. How are we expected to handle […]

release your stress...! by aran_apple

Coping With Difficult Situations

  Man up. Tough it out. These phrases are all too familiar to many people. When we experience a problem, we are often told to ignore our feelings and end up pushing the pain further and further inside ourselves. Although this seems like an easy solution, denying that we are feeling upset and suppressing our […]

Language Barrier Frustrations by Johnny Silvercloud

The one who doesn’t belong

  I can’t help but feel like an alien in an environment where everyone else seems to be so similar. Throughout my life, I can recall events when I’ve felt so alone that I was sure I was detached from the rest of the world. Here’s my story: When I entered kindergarten, I didn’t know […]

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Misplaced Power

  Friendship is a very valued relationship in my life. For most of my life, my friendships have created happiness for me. They have guided me through easy and not so easy days. They have felt solid, as if my friends and I were opposite sides of the same rubber band; we can stretch but […]

Take this poison from inside of me. by daniellehelm

Fighting an Eating Disorder

  For me, it began when I started high school. I was stressed, yes. But did I have any idea I had an eating disorder? The answer is no. Day after day, I would feel accomplished if I went a certain number of hours without food. I would take a walk every day after school, […]

Friendship by Rainier Martin Ampongan

The Importance of Friendship

  Being a teen is hard- you’re just starting to figure yourself out, gain independence, and are learning how to balance all of your responsibilities. Through these years, it is so important to have a strong support system. A support system is a group of people, or even one person, who are there for you […]

Insomnia - by Roberta

Sleep – Easier done than said

  “Get more sleep!” That is definitely easier said than done. As teenagers, we have to hurdle over literal piles of books and paper for school, relationship problems with family and friends, and spontaneous emotional breakdowns. We’re running a marathon that never seems to end. So, how are we expected to sleep through all of […]

You - by Max Barners

How to Be the Real You

  Until recently, I didn’t really feel like I was truly myself 100 percent of the time. At school, I felt like I was trying to fit into some kind of mold or stereotype that most of my friends, or people who I thought were my friends, fit into. I was so fixated on being […]

Reach Out {Explored} by Susana Fernandez

How to Reach Out to a Friend That You’re Worried About

  Teen-to-teen interactions are already awkward enough without the added stress of mental health concerns. I mean, how difficult is it just to make the small decision to sit at a different table during lunch? When you’re worried about someone, there’s always this uncomfortable idea percolating in your head: should I say something, should I […]

I Am Beautiful - by Bunches and Bits (Karina)

Maintaining a Positive Body Image

  I believe that in our society, it is becoming more and more challenging to appreciate and love your body. We see these unrealistic advertisements and magazine covers of these often photoshopped men and women and expect our own bodies to be able to look this way. By setting these impossible standards, our media is […]

Failure is Cool by Nicolas Nova

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

  Failure can be terrifying. Whether it be with friends, at school, in sports, etc. Failure can often stop us from doing what we love. But, we need to be strong and not let failure over power us. We need to remember: every time we fail, we are one failure closer to success. Often times, […]

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