From my neck of the woods:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/teens-suicide-highlights... Teen’s suicide highlights pain of fighting depression
Friends remember 15-year-old Megan Fickert for her ever–present smile, kind heart and goofy sense of humor. “Nobody could be around her and be in a bad mood,” recalled her friend, Jessica Coburn.
In the end, it seemed, there was only one person she couldn’t cheer up: herself.
The Fairmont High School sophomore killed herself in her Kettering home last week after battling depression since the fifth grade. “Megan has been sick for years, and I’ve been trying to get her help for years,” said her mother, Michelle Fox.
It seems that there is an epidemic of teens battling depression. They may have a reputation, as this girl did, of being a happy person, but the family knew that this was mostly a facade. There's been no mention that I've seen of the family being involved in a church, but I wondered as I read this what part a church could have played in getting some help for this family.
Do any pastors or youth leaders here have some strategies for dealing with these kinds of problems in your youth group and congregation?