If you missed our teen depression forum last week you can view it online. Thanks to CT-N, “Uncovering Our Kids: Towards A Better Understanding Of Teen Mental Health” is available for viewing. Learn about the warning signs, various treatments and programs for teen depression from our stellar panel: Dr. Harold Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief of Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living; Kim Nelson, social worker, Wheeler Clinic; Jill Holmes Brown, director, school-based health center; Jeff Vanderploeg, vice president, Child Health & Development Institute; and Nancy von Euler, a mom, who lost her daughter to suicide. The forum is available here.
This much we know: Boys and girls are different. We also know this: Adolescence is the most challenging time of life, and teen girls are particularly challenged to get through those years unscathed. Suicide attempts spike during the teen years, yet even with all that, it’s tough to know what’s “normal,” and what is cause for alarm. And that’s even truer for girls. By the time girls and boys hit their teen years, girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder than are teen boys.
As state policymakers debate ways to improve mental health services for youths, the Connecticut Health I-Team (www.c-hit.org) is hosting a forum May 7 that will bring together parents, clinicians, educators and others to discuss ways to identify, treat and prevent teen depression. “Uncovering Our Kids: Towards a Better Understanding of Teen Mental Health,” will feature a panel of experts in adolescent behavioral health who will lead a discussion about teen mental health screening, intervention and treatment. The Conn. Health I-Team, in collaboration with ConnectiCare and Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, invites the public to come “talk openly about teen mental health, learn from experts, and help Connecticut reduce the stigma of depression and mental illness,” said C-HIT co-founder and editor Lynne DeLucia. The event will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum Conference Center in Hartford.