It depends on the level of depression you're talking about. I got depressed and anxious when I was a teen, and at first a visit to a therapist who assured me I was acting pretty normally was a big help. But the problem came back, and at that point I was left to my own devices; my parents and friends didn't really believe in mental illness back then and they thought people who acted depressed were lazy or trying to avoid doing things. That was not helpful. I always think the place to start is therapy unless the depression is so bad life can't be lived or suicide is involved. At that point, a facility might be helpful and medication despite young age might be an option, but if it's short of that, because of how many people's lives have been harmed by medication I just think therapy with a good psychologist if that can be afforded is a place to go first. My own experience is obviously anecdotal, but I think the rest of my life might not have ended in such a horrible anxiety disorder if people who should have known better had been of more help to me. That's my two cents worth. But of course, that assumes it's actually depression and not something else. Peace.