Want to Help Fight Depression? Plant Sunflowers

Wear yellow and plant sunflowers to help raise awareness during iFred's Global Day of Hope.

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Depression is more common in teens than you may think. It’s also heavily stigmatized, which can prevent those who suffer from depression from getting the help they need.

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, or iFred, aims to change this by shining a positive light on depression and eliminating stigmas associated with the disease through prevention, research, and education. On May 2, you can join their effort by participating in the Global Day for Hope.

iFred will be hosting this day as a way to support depression awareness and treatment. Depression is treatable and that’s a great reason to celebrate hope. Join the organization in spreading awareness about causes and treatments for depression, and help promote mental health.

You (and your teens!) can get involved in the Global Day for Hope in a variety of ways. Here’s how:

Plant sunflowers on May 2 in your backyard or courtyard. Better yet, get the neighborhood or your classroom involved to create a community garden! Not only are you supporting a good cause, but getting your hands dirty in the sunshine together can be a great team-building activity. Why sunflowers, you ask? Sunflowers are positive symbols that represent hope.

Wear yellow to symbolize joy, happiness, and hope.

Share photos of you sporting yellow or planting your sunflowers on social media. You can even tweet inspirational quotes or share your own experiences. Make sure to use the hashtag #HOPE2015.

Spread the news so that others can get involved in this special day of hope. The more awareness spread about depression, the better equipped teens will be to seek treatment for depression.

For more information, please visit the iFred website and join their Global Day of Hope event Facebook page.

To learn more about your teen’s mental health, check out Choices magazine! It’s a health, well-being, and life skills publication for middle and high school students. The “We Have Depression” story from the November/December issue features real teens speaking out against the stigmas associated with mental illness.