Community Mental Health: A School-Wide Approach to Preventing Youth Depression
Depression is a serious mental illness that commonly begins during adolescence. Most middle and high school teachers and school administrators would like to help students experiencing depression, but they often lack the knowledge to recognize the symptoms and direct students to available resources. Natick Public Schools and Holliston Public Schools have partnered with the Wellesley Centers for Women to change that with initiatives to educate school communities and offer help to students in need of support.
In both programs -- Natick Depression Prevention Initiative and Mood Check: Holliston -- clinicians from WCW provide mental health education to students, parents, and school staff while screening and identifying students in need of mental health support, providing recommendations and referrals for treatment when needed. In this presentation, Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., will share data from the screenings and explore how these school-based depression prevention programs are able to reach teens in need of support while breaking down stigmas about mental health within school communities.
This is a program of the Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Wellesley Centers for Women, which is free and open to the public. Tea and coffee will be provided. On-site parking is available at Cheever House (828 Washington St, Wellesley, MA). For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College.
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