YES to YOUTH has tips on how changing seasons can affect the mental health of our youth

By: Woodlands Online Staff
| Published 10/26/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – The changing seasons, like the transition to autumn, may affect people’s mental health, including youth. While not everyone experiences depression during this time, several factors, including those below, might contribute to feelings of sadness or depression, which can be more pronounced among young people.

According to the National Institute of Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in seasons, especially when the days get shorter in the fall and winter. It can affect people, including youth, with symptoms like low energy, moodiness, and difficulty concentrating.

The return to school can be a significant source of stress for kids. Academic pressures, social challenges, and the transition from a more relaxed summer schedule can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.

The change in seasons can also symbolize change and loss for some individuals, triggering depressive feelings, especially among those who have experienced significant losses in their lives.

As the weather cools and days become shorter, kids might spend more time indoors, leading to increased isolation and loneliness, especially if they’re not actively engaging in social activities.

For our youth, it’s essential to be aware of these potential triggers and have them take steps to maintain good mental health during the autumn season. Here are a few ideas:

  • Maintain a regular daily routine can help provide a sense of stability and control during seasonal transitions.

  • Physical activity, even indoors, is crucial for combating feelings of depression. Engaging in regular exercise can boost mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

  • Spend time outdoors during daylight hours when possible. Natural sunlight can help regulate your body's internal clock and improve mood.

  • Engage in social activities, reach out to friends, and build a support network. Social connections are essential for maintaining mental well-being.

  • Encourage self-care practices such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and stress management to help combat depressive feelings.

It’s important to note that depression can be a serious mental health condition, and if it persists or becomes severe, it’s crucial to seek professional help. If you know a youth who struggles with depression during the autumn or any other season, YES to YOUTH is here.

Their crisis intervention staff is available 24 hours, 7-days a week, 365 days a year, to handle emergency and immediate crisis situations, such as depression. Their crisis hotline is 888-756-8682.

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