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Online Program Aims to Prevent Teen Depression

Bay State Parent, April 30, 2018

By Joan Goodchild

Black and white photograph of sad girl sitting against wall in darkly lit hallway.Teen depression is a major public health issue; about 20 percent of all teenagers experience depression before adulthood. How can we help teens at risk for depression early on rather than waiting until they manifest more extreme symptoms of depression?

CATCH-IT is a self-guided, Internet-based intervention aimed at teenagers who are at risk for depression. The program was developed by Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women and Benjamin Van Voorhees, M.D. of the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. Initial studies of the program suggest that it works; according to Gladstone, participants who completed at least 10 percent of the program were less likely to experience further episodes of depression.

Learn more about the CATCH-IT program on Bay State Parent.

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