As many as 20% of teenagers in the U.S. are affected by depression. To put that into perspective, 20% of Chattanooga’s population is ~36,000 people.
Adolescence comes with its ups and downs, but it’s important for parents + caregivers to be aware of the signs that their teen is dealing with somethingmore serious. Behavioral and attitude changesthat are present over a period of time – like bouts of anger, loss of interest in activities, insomnia (or excessive sleep), social isolation + poor academic performance – can all be signs that your teen is dealing with depression, which should be discussed with their primary care doctor. (Need help finding one?)
And then: COVID. Decreased social interaction, disruption in school + holiday routines, and frustration over changes to future plans – these could all be contributing factors to your teen feeling anxious, depressed, or isolated.
With help from the experts at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, here are 6 ways you can support your teen’s mental health by helping them practice self-care. (And September just happens to be Self-Care Awareness Month + National Suicide Prevention Month.)
Getting outdoors is one way to help your teen practice self-care | Photo via Pexels
2. Write it out ✍️ A journal or diary is a great place for kids + teens (and adults) to make sense of emotions and complex feelings. Want to start simple? We recently participated in a gratitude challenge, taking some time each day to write about 3 things we’re grateful for.
3. Find a creative outlet 🖍️ It can take the form of painting, drawing, building, crafting, coloring, cooking or baking, playing a musical instrument + more. We’re big fans of writing (obviously) + dancing. Ⓟ
Civic ○ Chattanooga City Councilwoman Carol Berz announced that she will seek re-election as the District 6 representative for City Council in the local March 2021 election. If elected, this will be her fourth term representing District 6. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Arts ○ The Greater Chattanooga Realtors Placemaking Committee is currently inviting local artists to submit bids for the new community mural project at Highland Park Commons. The committee will be choosing one mural with a theme that embraces the surrounding neighborhoods + the area’s many cultures. The open call for admissions will end on Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. For more information on submissions, contact [email protected]. 🖌️
Biz ○ Although the Songbirds Guitar Museum closed last month, leaders announced Friday that the Songbirds Foundation will be taking over the upstairs space where the museum had been. Foundation leaders have plans to transform the space into a performing arts center that will provide music education, shows + more, starting in 2021. ○ Last week, the Chattanooga Chamber virtually hosted its Chamber Awards to honor the Chamber award winners, the 2020 Chattanooga area manager of the year, and the small business award winners. You can find all of the award recipients and their information here.
Noogan ○ McKamey Animal Center recently announced its new executive director, Ms. Inga Fricke. Fricke, who has over nine years of experience from the Humane Society of the United States, will assume the position of McKamey’s new executive director on Nov. 2. 👏 (Chattanoogan.com)
Holiday ○ The City of Collegedale announced that it is cancelling the annual Collegedale/Ooltewah Spirit of Christmas Parade for the 2020 holiday season in order to safely adhere to the Tennessee Pledge Executive Orders. According to officials, it would be too challenging to host the parade while keeping minimal parade participants on floats, maintaining six feet of social distancing throughout the route, and without being able to distribute items to spectators. (NewsChannel 9)
TryThis ○ On Sept. 23, the Tennessee Aquarium will offerdiscounted admission for homeschool students + families. Discounted tickets, which can be purchased in advancehere, will cost $29.95 for adults and $9 for students ages 5. 🦈
DYK ○ According to a new report by seoClarity that looked at changing travel patterns in the US, long-distance road trips have increased by 76.1% in Tennessee since last year. Among drivers in all US states, TN drivers have been taking the 7th most road trips. Chattanooga is also the 11th mid-sized metro taking the most road trips. 🚗
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If you want to see this mural + the many others painted for this project in the past four years, take a drive down Oakland Ave. If you take pics, be sure to tag us and Seven. We love seeing art through your perspective.
Huge shoutout to Seven for making our city even more beautiful. 🙌
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○ Two Chattanooga State students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology are under disciplinary review after showing up to in-person class while symptomatic for COVID-19. Before attending an in-person class, Chattanooga State requires that students take a COVID-19 screening test and show an approval screen to campus police in order to get on campus. (NewsChannel 9)
○ On Sept. 30, the Hamilton County Commission will meet in-person for the first time since April. The commission has installed plexiglass dividers between seats, deep cleaned the chambers, and will require masks + temperature checks. The number of staff members and public attendees will be limited, but the commission is looking at electronic video call options for people who can’t attend in person. The Chattanooga City Council is not yet planning to return to in-person meetings. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ On Sept. 20, the Hamilton County Health Department reported 53 new cases of COVID-19. The county reported a total of 91 virus-related deaths and 1,285 active cases. (WRCB)