Teen Maze is a FREE and fun event where you have the opportunity to join other teens in exploring making the best decisions for your future. Just like in real life, each decision you make in this maze has a consequence. Join us on Saturday, March 17, at CGTC Titans Arena to find out where your decisions take you!
What to expect
Through this interactive maze, you’ll encounter different situations and outcomes that will greatly impact your opportunity to “win” or graduate. Some of these situations include a car crash scene, drunk driving simulation and going to court or jail. You’ll also learn about the consequences and responsibilities involving: dating, safe sex, drug abuse and so much more.
Why should I attend Teen Maze?
At the Teen Maze, you’ll find out what happens when you make good life decisions… and you’ll see how drastically a bad decision can change your life. After this event, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that could increase your chance of graduating and achieving your goals. Teen Maze is hosted by Macon-Bibb County Health Department in partnership with many community organizations.
How can I sign up?
Once you sign up, you’ll need to complete the following forms before you attend Teen Maze:
Mental health—meaning your psychological or emotional well-being—is just as important as your physical health! If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, tense, unsure of yourself, or any other uncomfortable feelings, give these tips a try to help improve your mental health.
Take care of yourself
A great way to take care of yourself is to treat yourself with kindness and respect. Also, you should take care of your physical health which directly links to your mental health. Eat healthy foods, exercise 60 minutes a day, drink plenty of water and get 8 hours of sleep.
Find happy, safe spaces
Healthy environments can improve your mental health immediately. A healthy environment can include supportive friends and family, and can be at home, school or work–wherever you feel safe and happy! A great way to get into a healthy environment is by joining a club or volunteering in your community.
Talk to a professional
If you’ve tried the suggestions above and your mental health isn’t improving, it may be time to see a mental health professional. There is absolutely nothing wrong with talking to a doctor and taking medication to help improve your mental state.
Want to know more ways of improving your mental health? Check out these resources:
Have you ever felt incredibly sad for more than a few days, or felt on-edge and you didn’t know how to handle that feeling? You might have been feeling depression or anxiety. Neither of these conditions are fun or healthy—so we’re gonna share some tips to get you feeling better.
What is depression?
Depression is when you feel discouraged, sad, hopeless and/or disinterested in your life. You don’t feel like getting up, getting dressed, eating or moving around, and would rather stay in bed all day. You won’t want to hang out with your friends or family members like you usually do. These feelings can come and go, or they can be with you for a long time.
No one expects you to feel happy and full of energy every single day. But if you feel like this for more than 2 weeks, you should talk to an adult about how you’ve been feeling. They can help you talk through it, or connect you with a professional who can help.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is when you feel like you are “on edge” or full of panic. If you have an anxiety attack, your heart may start pounding and your breathing could get faster. You might feel sweaty or shaky. Your stomach might feel upset. You may even feel like the world is crashing down on you.
It’s normal to feel anxious on the first day of school or just before a big test—but if that anxiety is so strong that it prevents you from trying new things, then you should talk to an adult about it.
Can’t I just ignore these feelings and get better?
We don’t recommend that. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you fell and broke your leg, of course you would go to the doctor and get a cast! In the same way, if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you should talk with someone about your feelings and get help.
The thing is, issues like depression and anxiety are hard to see from the outside. That’s why it’s important for you to speak up and share your feelings with an adult that you trust.
Who can I talk to?
Are you feeling depressed, anxious or any other bad feelings, but you don’t have anyone to talk to? Call us at the Teen Health Center! It’s free and easy for you to call, text or visit, and we’ll help you get on the road to feeling better. We want you to be the best person you can be, both mentally and physically!
For more information, please visit:
- ADAA.org – Understanding Depression
- Stem4.org.uk – Depression and Anxiety
- HelpGuide.org – Teenagers Guide to Depression
- HelpGuide.org – Anxiety Disorders and Anxiety Attacks