The Irony – Omo, This Is Real Life (Episode 12 of Season 1)
About this Episode: The Irony – An activist finds herself in the doldrums of depression, her boyfriend turns her to drugs, the drugs turn her to the church, and the church turns her away. Will she rise from or fall to her vice?
Young people can feel sad and worried about life events such as exams, fights with family or friends, changing schools or moving house.
If the feelings of sadness go on for weeks or months and affect everyday life, the young person may have depression.
Symptoms of depression in young people include feeling grumpy, having trouble sleeping, feeling worthless or guilty, eating more or less than usual and gaining or losing weight.
There is no single cause of depression, but it can develop from life events, genetic dispositions, hormones, or any combination of those factors.
Encourage young people to talk about how they feel with someone they know and trust such as a parent, teacher, school counsellor, family member or friend.
An important next step is for the young person to visit a doctor to learn about depression and how it is treated.
The Street Project Foundation Community is a growing pool of transformational youth leaders who have attended at least one of our youth development programs. It is strategically organized to ensure that the opinions of the youths remain the dominant voice in the organization.
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