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July 2012



“ I’m not ok... but I know I can make it through”


Music, Advice and More

What’s Going On?

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Questions to the writer? Answers to the reader?

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“The reality is that we don’t have to spend a lot to look good, and we don’t...”

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The Rise / FYI

5 Facts About Suicide 1) Over 4,000 people aged 15–24 die by suicide each year in the United States.

4) Firearms are the most frequent method of suicide among adults in the U.S.

2) 70% of youth who attempt suicide are frequent users of alcohol and/or other drugs. In states where the minimum drinking age was raised from 18-to-21, the suicide rate for younger youth decreased.

5) Over 90% of people who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of death. The most common diagnoses is depression and drugs.

3) Alcoholism is a factor in about 30% of all suicide deaths.


5 Facts About Depression 1) About 15% of the population develops clinical depression at some time in their life. Depression will affect 1-in-10 males and 1-in-4 females. 2) Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Current treatment includes; medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. 3) Over 60% of people who die by suicide are estimated to suffer from major depression, with no other psychiatric or physical illness. Thirty percent have alcoholic problems, and 1/2 of those with substance abuse have depression as well.

4) Approximately 20% of all patients with bipolar disorder have their first episode during adolescence. 5) Almost 2 Million Americans currently suffer from “bipolar disorder� (manic depressive illness) in which episodes of depression alternate or co-exist with periods of mania. This mood disorder carries a high risk of suicide.

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The Rise / Teen & Parent

Parent View Yvette Perez, 47 years of age, had no idea her daughter was dealing with depression. She had noticed that her daughter stopped hanging out with friends, but Yvette didn’t know how to feel or what to think about that. Yvette slowly noticed the lack of interest her daughter had in school but like any other parent she told her to stay focused on her studies and she would handle everything else. Once Jazmine came to her about the depression she’d been dealing with for so long, Yvette couldn’t believe it. There would come a time where she would blame herself for not noticing her daughter’s depression.

Yvette took Jazmine to go see a therapist who specialized in depression. He taught Jazmine behavioral techniques, both mentally and physically that would help reduce her depression daily. The good thing was Jazmine wasn’t the only one learning, Yvette was learning too. Yvette was dealing with anxiety after finding out she had cancer. Her advice to parents with children going through a stage of depression is to be calm, talk to them, have patience and most importantly be very supportive.


Teen View Jazmine Perez, 17 years of age, had to overcome a stage of depression at an early age. The causes of her depression first started when she found out that her mom had cancer. Soon after Jazmine’s father had a heart attack. She then started slacking in school and began isolating herself. These are two of the major symptoms of most depression victims. With all that was happening around her, Jazmine started to overeat and couldn’t help but cry most of the time. She explained that in order to keep herself distracted from her problems, she would sit in front of the television for hours on end. Though Jazmine thought she was handling her situation, she wasn’t. She finally learned that being depressed and isolating herself was not the solution. Jazmine eventually went to her mother for help. She has two pieces of advice for teens going through depression: First, don’t keep it to yourself because that would only make matters worse. Speak up and get help. Second, have faith and trust in God that things won’t always be bad and eventually things will get better.

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The Rise / Interview With a growing epidemic of

teens battling depression and attempting suicide, The Rise decided to see how teens felt when feeling consumed by depression and see how they overcame these great obstacles. Some kids have tried to commit suicide, some have thought about it and some actually have committed the act. I interviewed some students from Oakland High School and was given consent to publish an interview I had with a young sixteen year old student named Kyle Johnson in this week’s issue of “The Rise.” Johnson was dealing with depression for quite some time before attempting suicide. He was being bullied verbally, physically and mentally by a senior who also attended Oakland High School. As I spoke to him today, he wanted to share his story and help those who may be going through the same situation. Nothing and no one was worth my life. When I returned to school two weeks later, I talked to my principle and he changed my schedule. The guy who was bullying me got in trouble too and it felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. My parents also got me into counseling and on anti-depressants.



Interview between Kyle Johnson and The RISE.

TR - What made you depressed and caused you to attempt suicide? Kyle - I was being bullied by someone older in my school. TR - When did the bullying first start? Kyle - About six months ago. TR - What did the bullying consist of? Kyle - I would be in the cafeteria eating with friends and he would walk past me and knock things out of my hands, call me names and would point out my flaws as well as make fun of them as a way to hurt me.

TR - Did you ever ask for help? Kyle - No, I was too embarrassed. And in schools today, students are frowned upon for telling on someone, which means more enemies and more bullying. TR - So how did you react to the bullying? Kyle - After a while I began to keep to myself. I spent most of my time in my room and started to cut myself . I had loss of appetite and began losing a lot of weight. Eventually I lost interest in everyday hobbies. I didn't want people to see the tears I had tried so hard to keep in. TR - What made you attempt suicide?

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Kyle - The bullying became so intense and had gone on for so long that it seemed as if it was never going to end, so I had to end it. I had finally reached my breaking point and felt as if I couldn't take it any longer so I grabbed a bottle of my dad's sleeping pills and took a handful. TR - And then what happened? Kyle - I woke up in the hospital with my family surrounding me. I knew I wasn’t alone in this anymore. I realized that nothing and no one was worth my life. When I returned to school two weeks later, I talked to my principle and he changed my schedule. The guy who was bullying me got in trouble too and it felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders. My parents also got me into counseling and on anti-depressants. TR - What have you learned from this experience? Kyle - I learned to never be afraid to ask for help and know that whatever issue I’m dealing with I can go to my family, they’ll also be there for me.

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The Rise / Culture


Fashion Super-Woman ·Don’t overdo it, less is always better. ·Red lipstick is always in style. ·Long hair is never out. ·Look sexy but look decent. ·Always pamper yourself. Nothing wrong with that, right? ·Black is a classic. ·Old is always still now. ·Don’t be afraid to mix and match. ·Mix bright with light, always makes for good combinations. ·Dark is never too dark. ·Always feel good,no matter what.

Fashion Super-Man  Gel goes a long way, for curly hair or long hair, don’t be scared to use it.  Bro, Nobody, I mean nobody wants to see your underwear, pull your pants up.  Belts were made for using.  Bro’s don’t be scared to smile.  Big & tall is not always scary.  Be confident, know what you want and who you are.  No girl likes a guy that looks dirty, c’mon fellas fix yourself up!Being clean goes a long way. Always carry a brush or some floss you can never be to careful.  Cologne, look for sporty smells for going out, and aquatic smells when your chillin with friends! If you don’t know what that means, ASK! When your shopping, thats what specialists are for!

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SONGS for teens

1-Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen 2-Wide Awake: Katy Perry 3-Whistle: Flo Rida 4-Lights: Ellie Goulding 5-Somebody That I Used To Know: Gotye Featuring Kimbra 6-Payphone: Maroon 5 Featuring- Wiz Khalifa 7-Titanium: David Guetta Featuring Sia 8-Good Time: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen 9-Where Have You Been: Rihanna 10-Back In Time: Pitbull Courteousy of (



BOOKS for teens

1.Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper 2. Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper 3. Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper 4. Shine by Lauren Myracle 5. Freewill by Chris Lynch 6. Under the Wolf Under the Dog by Adam Rapp 7. You Don't Know Me By David Klass 8. Cut By Patricia McCormick 9. Kissed By An Angel Bye Elizabeth Chandler 10. Possessed by Kate Cann

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The Rise / Overcoming Obstacles A Turning Point In My Life By: Awa Dia When I was in the fourth grade, I was bullied by my classmates because I was fat. I heard every name possible, and all were intended to hurt me. They treated me so badly that I became a very insensitive. I just wished the same to others. A couple years ago, I had a classmate that was good in school, He had every skill possible and I became jelous. He aced all his classes without any problems. Eventually I found I wanted to humiliate him. I started bullying him and did my best to cause him stress at all times. Even when we finished classes and took the bus, I made fun of him. He changed and started to skip classes, which he never did before. Then two weeks, there was an announcement that he committed suicide. I was so scared and couldnt look at anyone’s. I felt responsible for the act, and got extremely sick.

When I got back home, I couldnt sleep, I didn’t go back to school. Two days later, I saw that his suicide was because of my bullying. I thought about killing myself. I stayed a month at home skipping classes, and I couldn’t stop feeling guilty. One day I just decided to go to his house and tell his parents that I was the person responsible and how sorry I was for the way I acted. When I finished explaining, I felt better because I knew they understood. Today, I am trying to do my best to help fight against suicide and bullying. I still feel pain for what I did to him, but I try to make sure that no one else will make my same mistake.

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DEAR,SUSIE Dear Susie,

Dear Susie,

For the past week I’ve been very depressed because of my situation with my past relationship. First of all, my girlfriend left me for another guy, and that guy happened to be one of my best friends. Second of all, I have been very depressed and I’m also careless about my looks so people at school make jokes about me. Please, I need some advice for my problem.

I broke up with my girl a week ago and now she’s started to create drama between us. She also has talked down on me to my friends, and now they’re acting fake towards me. I don’t know if I should do the same or just be mature about this situation and ignore her. Please help me.

Sincerely, David Dear David, What you need to do first is forget about your ex-girlfriend. I can see that the reason you are not caring about your looks is because you feel dependent on having a relationship to build up your ego, and now that you don’t have a relationship, your ego is starting to fade. So, what I recommend is that you start to surround yourself with good friends and start to work on your personal appearance. You have to realize that you are an independent and unique person, and that your personality helps you to overcome any situation like the one you’re in. Sincerely, Susie

Sincerely, Bobby Dear Bobby, I know what you’re going through. I myself had a chick that turned my friends against me. What I advise you to do is to not stoop to her level, but talk to her about it and let her know how you really feel. Also, while you’re talking to her, try not to have an attitude with her because it doesn’t help. Try to be as calm as possible so that it doesn’t turn into an argument. Good luck and hope for the best. Sincerely, Susie


Q - Do you feel that people especially “teens” overuse the word DEPRESSION?? A - Yes, I feel that the word depression in our generation is highly overused and overexaggerated because so many people connect depression with a variety of symptomssuch as anger, sadness and stress but at the same time depression is a such a leadingcause of suicide that it isn’t acknowledged enough. Some people who actually aredepressed, keep it to themselves and don’t make it aware that they need help when deepdown inside they’re actually screaming for it and people who aren’t depressed just use theterm as a way to express how they feel at the moment. - Carlos Vazquez(@ TheComeUp1994) Q - Do you think taking antidepressants will cure someone’s depressioncompletely or solve everything?? A - No, because sometimes it just makes people feel numb and like a zombie. It doesn’t solve everything, it just hides the pain from reality. In some cases taking antidepressantscan add to the depression and heighten your emotions to the point where

you’re barelysane. Sometimes it gets to the point where depression victims see that theantidepressants aren’t helping and decide to stop using them because they believe theyare better off without them. - Gabriela E. Rodriguez-Johnson (@ gmoney_001) Q - Can talking to someone about how you feel and your problems reallymake a difference?? A - Yes, absolutely. Talking to someone can help bring out all that you’ve kept bottled up.Keeping things bottled up can cause a mental breakdown; sometimes bring out the worstof you. You should always find someone that you can feel comfortable with while speakingof something personal and important to you such as a problem you’re having or somethingyou may be going through. After speaking about it with someone, you will feel relieved andless tense. - Kelsey Ruiz (@Kelsey_Ruiz123) If you have questions tweet us @FromTeens2Teens The Rise / / Page 16


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The Rise: Issue 1  

The first issue deals with depression and suicide.

The Rise: Issue 1  

The first issue deals with depression and suicide.