Sevenly: One week, One charity

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After watching a video about depression and being a sufferer myself, it makes me want to make a difference. So, I will be doing something in the future with Inspire, my project, to raise awareness. However, depression can’t wait. 

Sevenly is an amazing website which sells merchandise for different charities each week – one week, one charity. Each purchase YOU make, they donate $7 to that charity. A previous charity featured is To Write Love On Her Arms. I found this charity back in 2009 thanks to one of my heroes, Miley Cyrus. I spread the word to all my friends and now there are a lot of people in Wales who support the charity. I’ve seen people put TWLOHA in their Facebook names, their Twitter accounts and all because of the word being spread. People I don’t even know support it (including people from my old dance group who I didn’t meet, a new neighbour and someone on CLIC). 

The charity is amazing and through Sevenly.org you can do your bit for this and other important charities. If you can’t afford to buy anything, then that’s okay because they need your social networking input just as much so they can spread the word about the charities. 

Sevenly’s mission is ‘To harness the power of art and community to build sustainable awareness and funding movements that support charities in their efforts to change the world.‘ They believe in the value of the human being, and that there is no greater calling than to provide, heal, rescue, and serve others. Their vision is to be the world’s most effective cause activation platform leading a generation toward intentional generosity and love for others.

Here are some statistics you may not know about teenage depression:

*About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood. 

*Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time. 

*About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time 
As many as 8.3 percent of teens suffer from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population. 

*Most teens with depression will suffer from more than one episode. 20 to 40 percent will have more than one episode within two years, and 70 percent will have more than one episode before adulthood. Episodes of teen depression generally last about 8 months. 

*Dysthymia, a type of mild, long-lasting depression, affects about 2 percent of teens, and about the same percentage of teens develop bipolar disorder in their late teenage years. 15 percent of teens with depression eventually develop bipolar disorder. 

*A small percent of teens also suffer from seasonal depression, usually during the winter months in higher latitudes.

*30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem. 

*Teenagers with depression are likely to have a smaller social circle and take advantage of fewer opportunities for education or careers. 

*Depressed teens are more likely to have trouble at school and in jobs, and to struggle with relationships. 

*Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. 

*Teens with depression seem to catch physical illnesses more often than other teens. 
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, the third leading cause of death among teenagers. 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from a mental illness, and suffering from depression can make a teenager as much as 12 times more likely to attempt suicide.

*Less than 33 percent of teens with depression get help, yet 80 percent of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist, and many local health clinics offer free or discounted treatment for teens with depression.

I know my main focus here is depression, but that’s because I can relate to it and it’s a problem that needs to be taken more seriously. Sevenly supports so many charities and it is an amazing cause. They are right when they say that there isn’t much awareness about important charities and so we need to make a difference.

Go and follow Sevenly on Twitter and Facebook and To Write Love on Her Arms on Twitter and Facebook and help spread the word. So many people have attempted and committed suicide after not seeking help and this is something serious. Let’s help make a difference by helping the charities so they can do whatever it takes to help teenagers suffering depression and all the other charities’ causes out there.

Thank you.

PS: Despite being based in America, To Write Love On Her Arms offers work in the UK and Australia. This is a work in progress but hopefully they can expand their work.

TWLOHA / UNITED KINGDOM

Work in progress…. More coming soon.

For more info on the work of TWLOHA in the UK, please contact uk@twloha.com

FIND HELP
Helplines:
http://www.papyrus-uk.org/
(UK resources and support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults. Papyrus also runs HopeLine UK, a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information to anyone concerned that a young person they know may be at risk of harming themselves.. The helpline is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm and 7pm – 10pm, and 2pm – 5pm on weekends.)

www.nightline.niss.ac.uk/
(Nightline is a listening, support and information service, run by students for students. Nightline services operate in over forty universities in the UK and beyond. All of them offer a telephone helpline service – usually all night, every night during term-time – and many also offer a drop-in service. Help is now also available via Skype.)

www.samaritans.org
(Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.)

http://talktofrank.com/home_html.aspx
(Provides confidential advice on substance abuse via instant messaging, telephone, or email.)

http://www.youth2youth.co.uk/
(A helpline for young people aged 11-19, run by people of the same age. Help is available via email, online chat and telephone.)

www.befrienders.org
(A comprehensive suicide referral website. Gateway to hundreds of suicide helplines and emotional first aid centers worldwide and on the Internet.)

Info:
www.selfharm.org.uk
(Selfharm.org.uk is a key information resource for young people who self-harm, their friends and families, and professionals working with them.)

http://www.depressionalliance.org/
(Information about the symptoms and treatment of depression from Depression Alliance, a UK charity for people with clinical depression and anxiety.)

www.counselling-directory.org.uk
(This website is a support network of UK counselors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling covered, fees and contact details. This service is free, confidential and easy to use.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/mental_health/index.shtml
(An index of mental health issues including information on eating disorders, depression, panic attacks and suicidal feelings. This website gives advice on how to care for people dealing with these issues and coping techniques for those who are suffering.)

http://www.selfharmony.co.uk/
(This website includes information about self injury, how to confront the issue and build a support system. This site has resources including online cinema, suggested reading section, online artwork gallery and an online forum.)

Treatment Centers:
www.maytree.org.uk
(Maytree offers a short, free stay in a safe residential setting where you can talk, reflect and rest – and restore hope. Maytree is a place where you will be heard, respected and accepted, without judgement and in confidence.)

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