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People told me to just eat.” – Lisa, 16 said when she was trying to recover from an eating disorder. Sadly, it’s not that simple. There are many underlying causes that can lead to eating disorders that are important to consider. While eating disorders may begin as obsessions with food and body, they are often about much more than weight. Understanding what lies behind eating disorders can help to understand and assist friends and peers who are struggling with unhealthy eating.

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What can be done about depression?

It is important to understand that the process of getting better begins with you. Depression will not just magically disappear, you need to do something about it. So what should you do?


1) TELL SOMEONE: In order to fight this illness you need to explain to someone how you are feeling. Sometimes teens are not sure who they should turn to for advice on this topic. We suggest you tell:

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No one should ever have to feel alone. No one should ever have to feel helpless, unloved, or unlovable. Yet sadly, this is exactly how many people feel. Depression, addiction, self-harm, and suicide ideation are sobering truths that face us as a society everyday. To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit campaign, was founded on the belief that a community of support can make a difference in the lives of all those who face these difficult challenges.

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By Emma Joe S., Age 13

Depression is something that I go through a lot and it mostly caused by school and my friends. Most of the time, I feel like just ending the pain I’ve been going through. I’ve done so much for these people and they treat me like dirt, it hurts. Sometimes I wonder if I was home-schooled maybe I’d be happier. There are so many times a day I look at everything around me and wonder is it all worth it?

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By Anonymous, Age 19

Journal Excerpts:

8/10/05: How do I keep going, how do I just keep walking through the pain? It really hurts, deep, deep down no matter what; I just want to crawl out of my own skin

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