When Karen, 16, became so depressed that she stopped going to school, she realized she needed help.
In middle school I’d miss one or two days a week. In the morning my mom would nag me, “I’m going to get in the shower and I want you dressed by the time I get out.” I’d think, “I’m tired, let me go back to sleep. I don’t want to go to school.” But I’ve always had a hard time expressing my feelings so I wasn’t communicating what was going on inside me.
Jennifer, 18, liked earning extra money, but working a part‑time job didn’t leave her enough time to study.
Yuri, 17, got into an accident because she was texting while driving.