I know this is hard for you and I am glad you are at the point of thinking about how to tell your parents. They need to know that you are depressed. You can have someone else tell them but it is better that you tell them yourself. Be very straight with them and tell them the truth about what you have been experiencing. Be honest with them. There is no other better way to tell them. If you are not comfortable about telling them face-to-face, write them a detailed letter about your depression. I do not know your parents but I cannot imagine they would be mad at you for telling them the truth about how you feel. I am sure they would be more upset if they knew that you were suffering and you did not tell them about it so they could help you. My advice is to be honest and straight forward, tell them about the depression you have been experiencing the past few months and that you would like to get help. If you are worried and not sure you can do this alone, talk to the school counselor and maybe he or she can talk to your parents for you or with you. Try writing a letter if that is easier. I hope I have given you a few ideas on how to go about telling your parents. Which way you decide will be up to you- just be sure to find some way to tell your parents. Please keep in touch and write again if you have any more questions.
This article has been updated from the original version, which was originally published here on October 13, 2006.