Save the Teens

Preventing suicide, depression and addiction
In conjunction with The Shore Grief Center

Save the Teens: 
Preventing suicide, depression and addiction - the Book

Readers have declared "Save the Teens" is a "must have" on every parent's bookshelf. Teens have found the book helpful as well.

The conception for the book came after the author's one year anniversary of her son's death. Carolyn looked at the stack of research from books and printouts from the Internet that she had accumulated over the year. She determined she had enough information on the topics surrounding teen depression, substance abuse, and suicide that a book was waiting to be "born." 

While writing "Save the Teens" it became apparent that parents should be the main audience for the book. Carolyn hopes that other parents of teens will learn from her research and help to save not only their own teen, but others they may be in contact with regularly. 

It takes a village to save our teens - won't you join in the quest to 


The opening chapter is an entry from the journal Carolyn started two weeks after her Cameron's death. It's the re-telling of Cameron's last day. It could be entitled "The Nightmare Begins" but rather it is called "Cameron's Final Day." It is very distressing because it's written with much detail of finding her son and the attempts to bring him back to life.

Other Chapters Include:

  • Information on major depression and bipolar disorder - the two most diagnosed mental disorders among teens today. What is depression exactly and how do I know if my teen is depressed? And what causes depression? These are answered within the book. 
  • There's an entire chapter devoted to meth since it's "The Devil's Drug" - or at least in the author's mind. Cameron was addicted to methamphetamine, which may or may not be rampant where you live. When we lived in Texas, meth was a cinch to purchase and cheap, too. It would come straight in from Mexico. The West coast is also experiencing high amount of meth use which has been the case for many years. The East coast has not been as affected as these other areas, but meth is still out there - don't fool yourself and think that it's not. 
  • A chapter on suicide will explain what to watch for if your teen has become disillusioned with life.

  • A chapter that deals with survival after the loss of someone to suicide is fundamental if you've lost someone by suicide. Support groups are located throughout the United States and are a godsend to those who attend. Losing someone to suicide is far different from any other loss. It is usually totally unexpected, heart-wrenching, and brings about so many unanswered questions.
  • An added bonus in the book is Cameron Stephenson's artwork, poetry and journal entries during his last week. These items illustrate the depth of his depression and is meant to help others recognize similar items in their own teens and then get them the help the need! 

The picture to the right is a brochure created for teens and young adults for them to learn the signs of depression. You are invited to print it out and share among teens you know. Or contact Carolyn to have printed brochures mailed to you. 

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Cover Art Design

The front cover photo of Cameron Stephenson was taken by Ms.Jerry M. Allison, while the two of them were on a photo shoot together in North Texas. 

The cover compilation was created by Jaclyn Whited Carpenter, a friend of Cameron's who were in the same graphic design class while at Dale Jackson Career Center in Lewisville, TX.

The text behind the photo was part of a blog Cameron wrote a month before he ended his life.

Book cover design by Cynthia Meyer of North Carolina.