Helping Our Youth: How Is Counseling Helping Teens Deal with Depression and Relationships? (by Guest Blogger Jay Campuzano)

JayYouthWorkRead more about the author here.  This post is based on the community work and writing that the author has been doing in WR 122 at Portland Community College.  The piece of public writing is loosely based on a research question and research collection the author developed.  The public writing is a chance to use one’s writing to become part of the larger community dialogue about issues in the chosen theme.

Public Writing: A Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

My name is Jesus Campuzano, and I am a TeenCentral.Net counselor. I have been very happy with the work KidsPeace is doing to help teens through their difficult times. I feel as though the programs help the teens that ask for help, but there is still an underlying worry that I have. Even though the teens are getting help, are they able to cope with their depression, or relationships (friends and parents) after they have gotten a response from the counselors? They may get a sense of how to deal with their problem, but they need more than just a quick answer from someone they can’t see. Sure, some teens don’t need as much help as others, but some will need a lot more than a quick response from an inexperienced counselor that can only give them advice based on their experiences. I think the counselors should be able to give the teens resources for their area so they can seek greater help if they need it. Both teens and parents will benefit from such resources. I believe the administrators at should implement a program that will give teens and parents resources to locations in their area they live, where therapy and psychologists/psychiatrists are available for them to seek if they deem necessary.


Jesus Campuzano

Research Question & Collection

How is counseling helping teens deal with depression and relationships?

Gars, Jeff. “Jeff Gars, LMSW, DC – Home.” Jeff Gars, LMSW, DC. N.p., 2 Mar. 2013. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.  The article Jeff Gars wrote is about how teens can have many issues throughout there teen years. Jeff Gars offers a few resources to help teens with their problems, and he goes on to say how there is an abundance of resources for teens and parents to access for help.

Carey, Benedict. “Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 09 Jan. 2013. Web. 04 Mar. 2013.  I chose this article about suicidal teenagers because I’ve counseled a couple teens that have had suicidal thoughts. The article has many statistics about teen suicide and how effective proper counseling can be. I think this is a great article to show the importance of proper counseling.

Shute, Nancy. “Online Therapy Helps Teens Recover From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” NPR. NPR, 1 Mar. 2012. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.  The article explains the benefits of online behavior therapy. Since teenagers spend a lot of time online, why not use that time on therapy if needed.

The time I’ve spent counseling teens has been a wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much about teen issues and how to help them with the tools has provided me. I feel this issue is an issue that many parents don’t know how to handle, so being able to give them the tools to help their teens is imperative.


One comment

  1. Ashley

    It’s really a sad and unfortunate thing that some people feel the need to think or actually take their own lives. There are countless of factors why anyone would even begin to think to do so. It’s nice to know that we still have some very genuine people like you in the world to try and help out.

    The idea of having an all-hour resource for the teen and their parent to run to would be beyond helpful. Many lives and grief can be saved from such a horrific situation.

    It’s great that you have a personal connection to this work. It makes your project much more meaningful and seem so passionate about what you do.

    However the only downside, is that it seems like the project wasn’t fully completed otherwise great job!

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