Suggested Depression Coping Mechanisms


Teenagers oftentimes get easily stuck in the confines of their screen. Especially with social media, and having access to knowing what your friends are up to at any given moment, it is important to disconnect sometimes because the life on our phones typically only show us the highlights of others’ lives. Scrolling through an Instagram feed full of smiling faces and groups of friends isn’t good for anyone when their down. Put your phone down and stop worrying about what other people are doing! What you see on social media is NOT real life!

Express Creativity

A great way to alleviate depression is by turning those negative emotions into positive works of art and/or writing. This method could potentially work for any mental health disorder. Many people find getting lost in a creative activity the best way to distract themselves from depression, anxiety, or whatever their mental health disorder may be.

Listening to Music

As Plato once said, “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”. Many teenagers enjoy listening to music, and use it as their go to vice and coping mechanism.

Speaking to Someone About your Depression

Some teens find letting their emotions out instead of keeping them bottled up inside beneficial. However, it is important to recognize the fine line between confiding in someone, and dumping all your problems on them, especially if the person you are talking to is a friend. In the event that you are experiencing extreme levels of depression and/or suicidal thoughts, it is necessary to seek professional help or call the suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255