A Teen’s Quick Guide to Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 24, 2021 4:51:13 PM

6.7% of Americans struggle with depression in a given year.1 Depression is a complex condition that often results in people losing a sense of pleasure and meaning from life. It can also contribute to feelings of worthlessness, guilt, apathy, and sadness.

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Topics: For Parents, Suicide Prevention, Resilience, For Youth

What You Need To Know About Suicide in Idaho

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 4, 2020 8:19:39 AM

It's everyone's worst nightmare: Getting a call or finding out that someone you knew has completed suicide. People ask themselves, “Why?” They say things like, “I should have known. I wish I would have said something.”

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Topics: For Parents, Suicide Prevention, Childhood Trauma

SUCCESS STORY - How Equine Therapy Healed a Broken Spirit

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 28, 2020 6:14:23 PM

A child’s mind is not equipped to deal with the stress of adult burdens. When young people experience toxic stress and trauma, their brains struggle to reconcile their world with how they perceive their friends’ worlds. The weight of those heavy thoughts pulls on kids’ psyches and, often, they reach a singular conclusion: “I am bad. I deserve this. I am not worthy.”

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Topics: Equine Therapy, Suicide Prevention

Jake's Success Story

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Dec 3, 2018 2:56:36 PM

“I didn’t want to do it, but living in that environment, I just didn’t think I had any other option.”

Jake was a smart, vibrant teenage boy who had the world going for him. He had friends and good grades and got along well with others. No one on the outside looking in would have guessed that he was at risk for suicide.

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Topics: Communication, Family Conflict, Success Stories, Suicide Prevention