Dealing with Depression


Your teen years are both exciting and challenging with so many changes going on. It’s normal to feel sad, or stressed, or even depressed at times. 

But it’s important that you tell someone how you’re feeling. That someone could be a friend, an adult you trust, or even a behavioral health specialist. If you bottle up your feelings, it could lead to more serious problems like depression and harmful thoughts. 

Luckily, there are some ways to help yourself feel better: 

  • Exercise – Walking, jogging and weight lifting are all great ways to boost your mood, de-stress and improve your self-esteem. Bonus points for joining a sports team!
  • Sleep – Put down your phone, turn off the video games, and definitely close the social media. Regular and consistent sleep is important for your mental health.
  • Socialize – Talking with your friends and family helps to boost your feelings of well-being. Plus, it’s fun too!
  • Ask for help when you need it – If you’re not feeling your usual self, ask for help. You don’t have to talk about it with your friends and family. You can meet privately with a health care professional.

Want to talk with someone or get more information?

For more information and resources, go online to the National Institute of Mental Health at

If you need to talk to someone right away – call. Help is always ready, 24/7. Anyone can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time, at 1-800-273-8255.

Call one of our crisis lines:

  • Virginia Premier Elite Individual or Family (Medallion or FAMIS) members can call 1-844-513-4950
  • Virginia Premier Elite Plus (CCC Plus) members can call 1-844-513-4949

If you aren’t sure which plan you are on, check your member ID card.

You also can text NAMI to 741-741. This text message support is also available 24/7.

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