How young adults dealing with depression can find relief

Skyterra Embrace works with young adult women to help them combat depression and feel better. Find support through our structured, holistic wellness program.

The challenge

Depression doesn’t just go away on its own. It’s best to do something about it. You can feel better.

Heading: Depression doesn’t just go away on its own. It’s best to do something about it. You can feel better.

A major depressive episode is defined as a sustained period of time, two weeks or more, with loss of interest or lack of pleasure in life that affects regular routine or day-to-day functioning.

A person may lose interest in life, lack excitement to learn new things, and find that activities they previously enjoyed now feel meaningless.

The solution

The professionals at Skyterra Embrace help young adults who struggle with depression. Young adults find support through our structured, holistic program.

A variety of young women ages 18 to 29 have benefited from the Embrace program. The structured schedule at Embrace encourages adaptive coping behaviors, decreasing isolation for protection from suicidal behaviors, and increasing belongingness and self-worth. By decreasing time spent on phones, young adults are able to develop emotional understanding and empathy. Eliminating phone use before bed and during the night helps encourage adequate amounts of sleep.

Students of different fitness levels, mental, and emotional health have attended Embrace. Young adult women who are struggling with depression and anxiety, looking to gain life skills and healthy habits, trying to find purpose, exhibiting low self-confidence, lacking direction, etc. are welcome. Embrace is a safe, secure, and welcome environment where staff members provide personalized attention and guidance for the areas where students need help.

We want young women to embrace adulthood with a healthy mind, body and spirit. The Embrace program offers a wide array of yoga, fitness, nutrition, recreation and education classes to bolster the health and wellness journey of our students.

The professionals at Skyterra Embrace have more than 30 years of therapeutic program experience, specializing in the transition to adulthood. Before a student attends Embrace, our experts meet with students to determine their personal goals and needs, then create a personalized schedule just for them. No matter where students are on their journey, they are well supported and never judged.

The results

Overcome depression with help from a therapist, a healthy lifestyle, and stress management techniques

Through therapy sessions at Embrace, students are able to identify situations that contribute to depression. Talking through the situations allows students to release negative feelings and receive understanding. Therapists help students take action to solve problems and encourage students to notice the good things in life.

Embrace helps students incorporate daily physical activity to positively impact mood. Breathing exercises and meditation through yoga also help students with depression feel better.

Students learn to be mindful about their nutrition, which influences mood and energy levels. Students leave Embrace knowing how to express themselves in order to release positive emotions. Through creative arts, spending time with a friend or pet, or a funny movie, laughter helps lighten moods.

Dealing with depression as a young adult is challenging. You’re not alone.

A major depressive episode is defined as a sustained period of time, two weeks or more, with loss of interest or lack of pleasure in life that affects regular routine or day-to-day functioning.

Losing interest in life, lacking excitement to learn new things, finding that activities they previously enjoyed now feel meaningless

A study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that young adults, particularly those in their early 20s, are experiencing major depressive episodes at rates much higher than the same age group did just a decade ago.

People who experience young adult depression often continue to experience future mental health trouble and experience frequent and more severe depressive episodes throughout their lives.

This World Health Organization study reveals that people with adolescent-onset depression, compared to those without, are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode, five times more likely to attempt suicide, and are at increased risk for death by suicide.

The same trends also show up in suicide rates and emergency-room admissions for self-harm behaviors and suicide attempts.

Typical symptoms of young adult depression can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inadequate amounts of sleep.

Put away the screens and spend time with friends and family. As young adults spend more time alone on their phones, they are getting lonelier and feeling more left out. All students that attend Embrace enter into a technology agreement in order to establish healthy boundaries and relationships with technology. Face-to-face social interaction tends to protect against depression in a way that digital interaction does not. Having high-quality, positive social interactions with family and friends regularly can lower risk of depression. In addition to spending time with family and friends, engaging in other activities like exercise and sleep, can improve mental health.

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