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In the Mix

Depression: On the Edge (#429)

One out of eight teenagers are seriously depressed and in need of treatment but never seek help. That means millions of teens suffer every year. Left untreated, depression can lead to and be the underlying cause of eating disorders, substance abuse, sleep disorders, headaches and may even result in suicide--which is now the second leading cause of adolescent death. "In the mix" visits Pierre, South Dakota, a small city of only 13,000, but which has the highest per capita rate of teen suicide in the United States. Teen activists in Pierre have joined together to fight the national epidemic of depression and suicide in their community. Plus, "In the Mix" visits a grief counseling session to take an intimate look into the lives of family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. The sooner teens learn the facts, the sooner they can help themselves and their peers. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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