Our free webinars are educational, action-oriented trainings that prepare people with depression or bipolar disorder, their family caregivers, and the general public to recognize, communicate about, and intervene to effectively address mood disorders.
Teen Self-Injury: Working Toward Healthy Coping Skills
For Parents, Guardians, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Teen Mental Health.
Air Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Many adults recoil at the thought of self-injury, but it’s a fact among young people: approximately 18% of teens and upwards of 35% of college students report having self-injured in some way. And the connection with depression is strong, with between 40% and 70% of teens treated for self-injury having a depression diagnosis.
Self-injury is an unhealthy coping mechanism that can lead to an increased risk of suicide. Although this data is alarming, there is good news. Adults can intervene effectively by understanding the function of self-injury, recognizing the signs, and helping adolescents develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage their pain.
In this webinar, Dr. Jason Washburn, board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist, explains the connection between self-injury and depression and shares how caring adults can talk about self-injury in a compassionate way, identify signs and respond effectively, and help teens develop healthy coping skills.
Don’t Miss Understanding Teen Depression
When adults are trained to recognize teen depression and intervene with effective techniques, teens with depression tend to have better outcomes. This webinar provides an overview of what teen depression is; communication strategies for teens and parents; treatment options; where to get help; and what to do if help is refused. If you are worried about a teen, new to the topic, proactively seeking education, or in need of a refresher on teen depression, this webinar is for you.
LIVE Ask the Experts: Overcoming Insurance Barriers and Accessing Mental Health Care
For Family Caregivers and Adults Concerned About Paying for a Loved One’s Treatment
Aired Thursday, January 30, 2020
Too often, people living with depression are unable to access providers and get the treatment that they think is right for them. Caregivers spend hours on the phone with health insurance companies trying to get answers that will help them get coverage for the treatment their loved ones need. We’re bringing in two experts to answer your questions about how to overcome obstacles to using health insurance for depression treatment. Christine M. Crawford, MD, MPH is the Assistant Director of Psychiatry Medical Student Education and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Crawford’s areas of focus include interventions to reduce mental health stigma within the Black community and sociocultural issues in psychiatry. Mala Rafik, Esq., of Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C., is an advocate for people living with disabilities and chronic conditions, challenging insurers and government agencies to help her clients access health care and other benefits. Together, they provide expertise in a variety of health insurance matters. Learn how to advocate for your loved one with your insurer.
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Isn’t that Covered? What Families Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance
For Family Caregivers and Adults Concerned About Paying for a Loved One’s Treatment
Paying for mental health treatment can be expensive. If your loved one is experiencing depression, she or he may find navigating insurance to be overwhelming. Your loved one may be relying on you to help them navigate the insurance landscape in choosing an appropriate insurance plan and maximizing its coverage, and you may also need to provide financial support for their care as they work toward wellness. During this Open Enrollment period and any time you need to make a change to your insurance, gain the information you need to be more confident in advocating for your loved one’s healthcare coverage. Learn ways you can help your loved one navigate insurance and paying for treatment.
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Watch Our New Series on Coping with Stress and Depression
Part II: How Workplaces Can Support Mental Wellness and Prevent Suicides Webinar
For Family Caregivers, Human Resources Personnel, Employee Assistance Program Professionals, and Adults Concerned About Themselves or Others.
Our workplaces have a profound effect on our well-being. So, how can workplaces be supportive to the 1 in 5 adults who live with a mental health condition? Unfortunately, most organizations rely on individuals increasing their tolerance to stress rather than addressing the job-related source. During our free 1-hour “How Workplaces Can Support Mental Wellness and Prevent Suicides” webinar you will learn how workplace places contribute to employee stress, employers can develop a mental health-supportive culture, and to respond to situations that could happen in your workplace.
Please complete the online evaluation after viewing and we will send you a FREE copy of our Coping With Stress brochure.
Don’t Miss Part I: Coping with Stress and Depression in the Workplace
During our free webinar, you will learn ways to manage stress, how to identify depression in yourself and others, and how depression affects thinking and impacts work performance and stress. This webinar features Marianne Clyde, LMFT, an expert in workplace mental health who speaks to businesses and associations about empowerment, team building, and relationship networking.
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Bipolar Disorder: Beyond the Basics
For family caregivers and others with an interest in supporting someone with bipolar disorder
Aired December 12, 2017
When bipolar disorder is properly managed, people with bipolar disorder can live full and complete lives, pursuing relationships, having careers, raising families, and so on.
But all too often bipolar disorder creates difficult and sometimes dangerous situations. A manic episode can reduce a person’s inhibitions, leading to risky behaviors such as substance use, lack of judgment about personal safety, overspending, and sexual indiscretions. A depressive episode can result in loss of employment, alienation of support, and even suicidal behavior.
Family caregivers need practical answers for dealing with difficult problems. This webinar builds on our basic bipolar disorder webinar, which covers diagnosis, treatment, and managing bipolar disorder. In this new webinar, we drill down to concrete solutions to challenges of providing appropriate support to a person with bipolar disorder.
Please complete the online evaluation after viewing the Beyond the Basics webinar and we will send you a FREE copy of our new bipolar disorder caregiver brochure.
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More Than Mood: Depression Symptoms Webinar
This 52-minute webinar goes in depth into familiar depression symptoms, depression symptoms related to thinking (cognition), how you may recognize cognitive impairment in a loved one, and helpful techniques to use to support someone struggling with cognitive impairment. Alice Medalia, Ph.D., is the webinar facilitator. Dr. Medalia is the Clinical Director of Cognitive Health Services at the New York State Office of Mental Health and a Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center.
The American Health Care Act: What’s at Stake for Our Mental Health?
For Family Caregivers and Adults Concerned about Themselves or Others
Aired June 27, 2017
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by former president Barack Obama, is a top agenda item for the Republican-controlled Congress. The ACA was instrumental in expanding coverage for mental health care with the establishment of essential health benefits and the expansion of Medicaid. These benefits are likely to end, however, if the new American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, becomes law. Champions of the AHCA argue that it will lower premiums for all Americans and provide better access to care. On June 22, the U.S. Senate released its own proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (download .pdf). As the Senate debates the future of the health care law, Families for Depression Awareness and the National Council for Behavioral Health want you to be informed of what these changes might mean for the people you care about. Tune in to our upcoming webinar to learn how repeal and replace could affect you and your family.
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