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Published:June 13, 2023

Teens and Summer Depression

Summer can be an excellent break for teens but can also increase depression. You have to remember that school offers a lot of positivity to teens when they are in attendance. The following are examples of what school offers: engagement, socialization with friends and others, sunlight, exercise, motivation, responsibility, structure, and discipline. During the summer, the routine changes for many teens. Here are some examples of some things to do to keep your child engaged:

  • Join the gym (check with your local gym some offer free memberships during the summer) Planet Fitness is free now until 8/31 for ages 14-19 years of age.
  • Check out for free bowling during the summer.
  • Allow your child to engage with friends and family
  • Require outside activities and do so as a family
  • Require them to come out of their room for a set time.
  • Limit their screen time and encourage other activities (puzzles/coloring/outside/board games/etc.)
  • Encourage them to find a summer job
  • Encourage them to volunteer
  • Plan game nights 
  • Give them a day to cook
  • Plan a day to bake
  • Plan summer activities and outings
  • Check your local community center
  • Google free summer programs

-Shareela Allen, LCSW

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